Debate Over HISD's Plan To Fire Teachers Goes National
Houston school superintendent Terry Grier's plan to fire teachers whom he deems unacceptable got some national news time Sunday.
ABC News looked at the issue in a piece titled -- wait for it -- "Houston, We Have A School Problem." (Fresh!!)
It was a pretty straightforward look at things, with Grier and union leader Gayle Fallon both making their points.
HISD's plan is called "Value-Added Analysis," and it uses test scores and other criteria to see if students improve during a school year. If they don't, a teacher might get fired, and projections are that 400 or so may end up getting pink slips (We'll believe that when we see it, though.)
We have the district's FAQ on the plan, sent to teachers. It includes this:
How many HISD teachers since 2007 when value-added was first implemented in the district have significant negative value-added scores?
There are many great teachers in HISD. Unfortunately, we have value-added data that show approximately 421 teachers in the past three years have had significantly negative or regressive t-scores (teacher gain index) in any one subject based on cumulative running average data. This means that teachers could be losing ground with students and actually resulting in them academic achievement levels lower than what would be expected.
Battle of the Piney Woods: SFA vs. SHSU
TicketsSat., Oct. 1, 3:00pm
University of Houston Cougars Football vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 15, 11:00am
Rice University Owls Football vs. UTSA Roadrunners Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 15, 6:00pm
Rice University Owls Football vs. Prairie View A&M University Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 22, 2:30pm
"Resulting in them academic achievement levels"? Is that jes' folksy Texas talk?
Please correct this immediately, HISD. It should be "...resulting in them thar academic achievement levels."
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.