Maine Teachers Union Tells Education Department They Want To Continue To Be Paid Based On A Complete Lack Of Results, Unless The Department Patented That Approach Already, Of Course

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schoolroom in MaineAUGUSTA, Maine — Representatives of public school teachers and administrators told the Maine Department of Education on Monday that they don’t want standardized tests to play too great a role in determining whether they’re doing a good job. Some argued that standardized tests fail to measure student progress adequately so they would be even worse as a test of teachers’ skills. “It would be like playing baseball with football rules,” said Leo Todd, who teaches music to more than 500 students at Waterboro Elementary School. Todd and more than 20 other educators shared their concerns during a hearing Monday on the Department of Education’s proposed rules for implementing an educator evaluation process that will be required by law as of the 2015-16 school year. The law, LD 1858, was proposed by Gov. Paul LePage and enacted with unanimous support of the Legislature in 2012. It requires school districts to develop and implement systems for evaluating teachers and principals based on professional practice, student achievement growth and other measures. (read more at Bangor Daily News)