Professional Educators of Tennessee (PET) recently released their 2014 legislative agenda. They have three key areas of focus for the upcoming legislative session.
1) Teacher Licensure. PET is asking for a straightforward, common sense appeal process to address concerns regarding the proposed changes to teacher licensure. PET has also been asking for the suspension of the use of TVAAS data until Common Core is fully implemented. The group also mentions a need to focus on teacher remediation and targeted professional development.
2) Student/Teacher Data. PET is seeking legislation that will ensure the privacy of both student and teacher data. Specifically, they want to ensure no personally identifiable data on students and their families religion, political affiliation, psychometric data, biometric information, or voting history is collected or otherwise tracked and that such data is not provided to either the federal government or private vendors. They are also seeking limits on who may access teacher evaluation data.
3) Testing. PET notes the “overuse of testing in our schools” as a key area of concern. While PET notes that testing comes with good intentions, the result of an increased focus on testing is now a “detriment to public education.” PET suggests policies that find a balance between the need to assess in order to gain knowledge about what’s working and what’s not working for kids and the over-reliance on tests for uses beyond their intended, useful purpose.
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