The District of Columbia State Superintendent of Education Jesús Aguirre issued the following statement today in response to the US Department of Education’s announcement on assessments and evaluation. In the announcement, Secretary Duncan stated that states can request a one-year delay in using assessment results for teacher and principal evaluations.
"We applaud Secretary Duncan’s announcement today regarding assessments and evaluation. It demonstrates the US Department of Education’s commitment to working with states to implement fair educator evaluations, without attempting to dictate how individual states and districts manage this process. This is a critical time in our ongoing efforts to reform our schools as we work to ensure that all of our students are achieving and are set up for success. The District of Columbia – like much of the rest of the nation – is undergoing a great deal of change: we have adopted new standards, we are implementing a brand new set of more challenging assessments, and we have established new ways of evaluating our schools, our teachers, and our school leaders. Today’s announcement allows us to continue to focus on this important work while recognizing that we must be thoughtful and deliberate as we do so."