Coupeville schools to alter evaluations

Coupeville school leaders are looking to improve the way principals and teachers are evaluated.

To accomplish that goal, the school district is one of five in the area to receive money to develop a new evaluation system.

“There is a disconnect with the current evaluation system and what is being done in the classroom,” Coupeville School District Superintendent Patty Page said, adding the school district shouldn’t be using a system that was originally developed in the 1970s.

The school district received a modest $5,700 to develop the system over the next three years. In addition to Coupeville, South Whidbey, Conway, Everett and the Mount Vernon school districts received funding to develop similar programs.

Page said a team of two administrators and five teachers will develop Coupeville’s evaluation system during the school year and a pilot evaluation system will be implemented in the next school with 20 percent of the teachers participating. It will be fully implemented the following year.

It’s ultimately up to the state Legislature to decide on the new evaluation system and Randy Dorn, superintendent for public instruction, has to make a recommendation, Page said.


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