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0639, 13 Sep 16

West Bend Teachers Still Don’t Have Grades

This is pretty ridiculous.

West Bend School District teacher scorecards from the 2015-16 academic year, which are tied to teacher compensation, have not been finalized.

The scorecards use a 100-point system based on student surveys and test scores. Once finalized, they indicate whether or not a teacher receives a raise or stipend during the following academic year.


In a statement sent to principals, Olson said, “The purpose of this message is to update you on the progress of calculating our teacher scorecards from the 2015-16 school year. The (Curriculum and Instruction) Department has been working and continues to work with ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute) to get the accurate student growth information from over the summer. Any data received has been reviewed by the C& I Department to ensure accuracy. Once we have all the data confirmed and verified, the scorecard in MLP (MyLearningPlan) will be updated and individual teacher letters will be sent. When this occurs, we will send you notification of specific dates.”

If a grading system is to be effective, it needs to be timely. It is now the middle of September and the school year has started. How are teachers supposed to take corrective actions to improve if they don’t know their scores? There’s really no good excuse to not have the scores done and the fact that the administration isn’t even offering an estimated time for completion is troubling.


0639, 13 September 2016


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