On 12/10/09, Theodore A. Jones wrote:
> A highly qualified SC math teacher learned the hard way
> today that certain high officials in the ADEPT section of
> SCDE are refusing to answer the hard questions about the
> ADEPT evaluation system. The teacher in this report has
> well over twenty years experience teaching and additional
> experience as a senior research scientist in mathematic
> assessment. This teacher was requested by a district and
> taught AP math courses for a SC high school last year.
> Obtained a 100% passing rate for all the students taught,
> failed a formal ADEPT evaluation, and is now out of
> teaching in any SC high school classroom. What you really
> and truly need to understand about the reprehensible ADEPT
> evaluation system is that it, can and is by design, be made
> to have a predestinated outcome and there is not one thing
> you can do about it. Another teacher formally "evaluated"
> at the same time and by this the same "evaluation" crew
> passed the first half. When the building principal realized
> that this teacher was passing the second half he made the
> "evaluators" re-score the first passing part into a
> failure. Don't believe a single word SCDE plays on the
> house organ about wanting to retain good, fair and honest
> teachers. Nothing is further from the truth. You can get
> the axe at any time on a mentally disturbed principal's
> whim or an unjust sane one's too. The ADEPT system is a
> tool designed to function against you no matter how good
> you are or how hard you try. Watch your back teacher. The
> teacher in this report did not have any idea what the ADEPT
> evaluation system is. Was not trained to comply with it.
> And not one of the teacher's colleagues lifted a finger to
> give this teacher any help. But these colleagues all warm a
> church pew on Sunday singing about how good they are to
> God. I wonder what their evaluation will result in?