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New Teacher Evaluation System To Begin In 2013-14 School Year

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A new school year will bring big changes for Ohio students and teachers.

The Ohio Department of Education said it's all part of improving the quality of education.

Changes include the common core, third-grade reading guarantee, and a new way to evaluate teachers.

With 614 schools in Ohio, all conducting teacher evaluations differently, officials said a standard needed to be developed.

During the 2011-2012 school year, a new teacher evaluation pilot program was tested in more than 130 schools around the state.

Some of the schools who tested the evaluation process, met with the Ohio Board of Education, to tell them what worked and what didn't.

"Now I feel like there is more calibration and discussion amongst us teachers," said Joe Daniels, principal of Marysville Middle School. "The challenges to it again is the time factor with the amount of evaluations per principal."

The Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) splits the evaluations, one half on observations and written reports, and the other half on student growth measures like value added or how much a student learns in one year.

Teacher Linda Cope was evaluated under the new process. She likes value added, but said she is concerned it's weighed so heavily on the evaluation.

"I was very disappointed that it became 50 percent on my evaluation, and that I could be going into a school year knowing I was developing and that would be very disheartening," Cope said.

Julia Simmerer has helped to coordinate the pilot program and said teachers seem to like the process.

"[It's] really about the communication that is happening between the teacher and the principal, one that never happened before  or it happened not as regularly, and now how much they value that," said Simmerer, director of educator effectiveness.

Districts will start to use the new evaluation as a foundation to help make their teachers better.

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