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District take up MSTAR plan
by Jebb Johnston
Jul 17, 2013 | 196 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Corinth School District is making preparations for a big shift in evaluation procedures for teachers and administrators.

The changes are among the new requirements that come with Mississippi’s waiver from No Child Left Behind. The district’s board of trustees on Monday adopted the Mississippi Statewide Teacher Appraisal Rubric (MSTAR) for teacher evaluation, the Mississippi Principal Evaluation System and the Mississippi School Boards Association superintendent evaluation.

The MSTAR evaluation looks at planning, instruction, assessment, learning environment and professional responsibility.

“It requires that a teacher have an observation in the fall and an observation in the spring, and in addition to that, five walk-through observations that will be about 15 to 20 minutes,” said Superintendent Lee Childress. “The formal observations have to be what they consider to be a full class period, so we’re talking about probably 35 to 50 minutes, depending on what you might see at the elementary level.”

Walk-through observations are expected to begin in September.

Student performance on statewide assessments will be one component of the teacher’s rating.

“This is not a ‘gotcha’ system,” said Childress. “The state views this as a system that can truly bring about instructional improvement and increased student achievement.”

Some training sessions have already been held for MSTAR, and more are scheduled in the next few weeks.

The new evaluations for principals and superintendents will be more goal-oriented.

In other business:

n In personnel items, the board accepted the resignation of Shana Green, counselor at Corinth Middle School, and approved the hiring of Rob Phillip for the position. The board approved request for leave for Amber Ross, a Corinth Elementary School teacher.

The board approved the hiring of Volante Jones, assistant girls and boys track coach, CHS; Tori Frasher, Spanish teacher, CHS; Holly Hurt, teacher, CMS; Erica Maness, special education assistant teacher, CMS; Jamie Storment, teacher, CMS; Christie Frye, teacher assistant, CMS; Jamie Counce, kindergarten teacher, CES; and Jenny Settlemires, Whitney Key and Brooke Shoup, teacher assistants, CES.

n Board members received the FY 2012 audit recently completed by J.E. Vance & Company. The report cites no issues.

n The board approved use of the CHS football grassy area during homecoming on Oct. 4 by the Class of 1973.
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