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ERIC Number: EJ1015644
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2166-160X
Getting a Grip on Librarian Evaluation
Jaeger, Paige
School Library Monthly, v29 n7 p8-10 Apr 2013
When the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were adopted in many states, it was only one piece of the pie called Race to the Top (RttT). As states competed and clamored to win the Race to the Top dollars, they knew it came with strings attached. The biggest piece of string is called APPR, or Annual Professional Performance Review--and it is more like a noose. The new requirements of the APPR specifies that school districts have a quantifiable means to measure teachers, rather than a qualitative review which could be a bit subjective. When the RttT education law in New York was adopted requiring teachers to be measured, librarians wondered what could be done to address school librarian needs. The New York State Education Department's (NYSED) APPR law did allow for companies and organizations to submit an APPR plan for review and approval, but it came with a 32-page application, along with creating the document. Just two years earlier, New York librarians had been able to get a School Library Media Program Evaluation (SLMPE) rubric approved by the state education department, and it was a difficult process. The purpose of the SLMPE tool was specifically to avoid measuring the librarian and only review the program. The intention was that in measuring the program, an administrator would be able to see what the state endorsed and recommended as "exemplary." If a librarian did not have the opportunity to collaboratively plan with teams, her program would fall short of exemplary and the administrator would see that the state endorsed that model. Now they are being asked to create a similar rubric, but with the sole intention of "measuring" the librarian. This article details the steps the author took to identify what the state wanted to measure and what that looked like for librarians.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; New York; North Carolina
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Race to the Top
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A