For Immediate Release: December 5, 2011
Contact: Charlene Briner 651.582.1145
Roseville, MN – Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius has appointed 35 members to a panel charged with developing a new evaluation system for Minnesota teachers. Mandated by the legislature as part of the new teacher evaluation law passed during the 2011 special session, the Teacher Evaluation Working Group will develop an evaluation model to be used by school districts and teachers in the event they do not agree on a local evaluation model.
“This task force has the opportunity to develop a rich and meaningful tool that will benefit students and assist teachers in their continued quest to become outstanding professional educators,” said Commissioner Cassellius. “This outstanding group of individuals will help us strengthen and grow our teacher’s skills in the classroom. The work they will do takes on heightened importance in light of Minnesota’s achievement gap and the disparities that exist among our students. A robust teacher effectiveness system is critical to providing the resources and supports necessary for teachers to improve outcomes for every Minnesota student.”
The first meeting of the task force will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Department of Education in Conference Center A .
** Four ex officio members of the legislature will be named to represent the majority and minority caucuses of the Minnesota Senate and the House of Representatives.
Visit the Minnesota Department of Education website at education.state.mn.us.