An Open Letter from Congressman Jon Runyan[divider] [divider]
Proposed Changes to Special Education Regulations
Tell the State Board: Let teachers teach!
Board seeks to make special education teachers and guidance counselors case managers. Published on Thursday, April 4, 2013 by NJEA
(Continued from Home Page) At the State Board of Education meeting on April 3, the proposed special education regulations continued to move through the administrative adoption code process.
Although over 50 people testified in opposition to the proposed regulations in March and hundreds of letters were written by NJEA and other special education stakeholder groups expressing dismay, dozens of NJEA members in attendance—including all NJEA officers—witnessed the State BOE unanimously vote to move the regulations with only one minor amendment, which still seeks to place case management responsibilities in the hands of classroom teachers and other certified staff members.
The original proposed code regarding case managers allowed for teachers and any other licensed staff member with appropriate knowledge about special education to serve as a case manager in addition to the Child Study Team (CST) members and Speech Language Specialists already charged with the responsibility.
The code was narrowed so that it now proposes to allow—in addition to CST members—special education teachers and guidance counselors to serve as case managers.
While this may at first appear to be an improvement over the previous regulations proposal, NJEA continues to have grave concerns on the impact this will have on students, parents, and members.
This amendment affects more than just special education teachers and guidance counselors; the proposed changes in special education regulations will have an impact on the way all staff members do their job.
NJEA and other special education stakeholder groups will continue to work with the Department of Education and the State Board of Education to seek changes to these regulations. We have also reached out to state legislators and will continue our efforts to effect appropriate changes through legislation.
We need members to join this fight! Please continue to write to State Board members and—to convey the impact that it will have on their constituents and their schools—it’s time to call and write legislators. Explain why these changes to the special education code are harmful to our students and wrong for our profession. Talking points
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Proposed Teacher Evaluation Regs Introduced
NJEA supports reforms to evaluation that will help ensure a great teacher in every classroom. NJEA believes that teacher evaluation must be strengthened. We call for a system of more frequent evaluations, using proven research-based evaluation models. While NJEA’s system would place great emphasis on student learning, it would not rely heavily on standardized test scores, which research shows are not reliable indicators of teacher effectiveness. Proposals from Gov. Christie and the Department of Education would place undue emphasis on State standardized test scores, and require massive expansion of standardized testing.
State Board Discusses Proposed Evaluation Regs
NJEA leaders and members pack April 3 meeting. Published on Friday, April 5, 2013 by NJEA
NJEA members crowded into the State Board of Education meeting April 3, joining President Barbara Keshishian to speak out about problems with regulations proposed to implement the new teacher evaluation system passed into law last year. The regulations were presented to the State Board at second discussion level. The N.J. Department of Education (DOE) had made only minor changes to the code from when it was first introduced last month. Learn more
- Frequently asked questions
- Highlights of NJDOE Proposed Evaluation Regulations
- Advisory on proposed evaluation regs: What’s new? What’s next?
NJEA’s Position on Teacher Evaluation
- Establishing a Strong Evaluation System
- NJEA proposes framework for improved teacher evaluation system – May 17, 2011
- Education reform done right – Oct. 28, 2011
- NJEA urges caution in tying test scores to teacher evaluation – March 2, 2011
- An unproven step in the wrong direction – Feb. 16, 2011
- NJEA’s recommendations on comprehensive training for the teacher evaluation system
- Questions to ask when selecting or designing an evaluation model
- Talking Points: Educator Effectiveness (Teacher Evaluation) Regulations
- NJEA Resource Guide on Evaluation for Teachers
- Get ready now for new evaluation system: Tips for Members
- Using student test scores to evaluate teachers: What’s at stake for your child? – Brochure
- Using student test scores to evaluate teachers: What’s at stake for your child? – Spanish version
- Evaluation pilots covered in the NJEA Review
- Teaching practice evaluation instraments
- Learn more about AchieveNJ from the NJDOE website
- Why SGP’s can’t evaluate teachers– In this post, the blogger JerseyJazzman exposes the reasons why the Student Growth Percentile (SGP) is an inaccurate – and potentially disastrous – means of evaluating teacher effectiveness.
- Merit Pay, Teacher Pay, and Value Added Measures
- Evaluation & Standardized Tests – What’s Happening – Sept. 2012
- What you should know about Value Added Assessment (VAM)
- Getting Teacher Evaluation Right: A Background Paper for Policymakers
- Standardized Tests & Teacher Accountability: The Research
- Teacher evaluation: Research vs. Rhetoric – Feb. 18, 2011
- EPI Study on Test Scores and Evaluation
- POINT Study on Merit Pay
- Performance Pay Doesn’t Work – Kappan, March 2012
- Stop Tying Pay to Performance – Harvard Business Review, Jan.-Feb. 2012
- Merit Pay’s Trap: When Lawmakers Are Clueless About Teachers’ Classroom Realities – NEA Today, April 3, 2011
- International merit pay study inadequate for making policy decisions, independent review finds – March 31, 2011
- Questions to ask about merit pay
- Evaluation symposium a success – June 1, 2012
- Task force calls for use of test scores to evaluate teachers – May 24, 2011
- Governor announces his education reform package – April 25, 2011
- Getting teacher evaluation right – Washinton Post, Sept. 15, 2011
State of New Jersey Department of Education
On the links below, you will find some important issues that teachers face today and must be current on them:
Guidance for Teacher and Educational Leader Professional Development on Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying
Professional Learning Communities Resources for Educators
Core Curriculum Content Standards
NJEA Issues and Actions
NEA Issues and Actions
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