Re: SCDE Refuses to Talk with a SC teacher

    This may come as a shock to most teachers, but in any other
    profession no reason has to be given for a termination of
    employment. Everyone is an employee at will and SC is a state
    where the employer can terminate employment as they see fit.
    While it appears that the district used the guise of ADEPT to
    rid itself of unwanted employees, it is not illegal. I do not
    pretend to know the reasons, but I'm certain there are some.
    Take solace in the fact that for everything there is a reason
    and a purpose; there's no such thing as 'accidents.'

    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?