Tomalis says the Corbett administration is proposing an aggressive and rigorous evaluation system. Half of the proposed evaluation would be based on how well students are doing in the classroom, the rest would be determined by how well the teacher manages the class, how prepared they are and how knowledgeable they are on content.
Tomalis says Pennsylvania spends $700 million a year on professional development. He says they want to make sure that money is properly targeted.
Tomalis says the goal is not necessarily to remove struggling teachers from the classroom; they first want to see that these teachers can get the resources and assistance needed to get them up to speed, where they will have a positive impact on student achievement.
Tomalis says the current evaluation system is a one-size-fits-all approach.
Tomalis says it doesn’t matter what class size you have, how much money is spent per pupil or how many computers there are in the classroom. He says if you have a highly effective teacher, you’ll have a greater impact than all those other factors.
The goal is to start rolling out a new evaluation system in the 2012-2013 school year.