Posted by: Adam Kern | Tuesday, January 14, 2020The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of a measure co-authored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) that would decouple teacher performance evaluations from student test scores.McNamara, the director of Early College High School of Evansville, said House Bill 1002 would remove a state mandate for school districts to use students’ standardized test scores to assess teachers’ overall performance. She said local schools could determine how to use those exam results in educators’ annual evaluations.“There are more ways to measure success in the classroom than students’ standardized test scores,” McNamara said. “This legislation will help our teachers continue to focus on educating our students without worrying about the results from one high-pressure test.”She said these standardized exams currently make up significant portions of teachers’ annual evaluations, which determine where an educator falls on the highly effective to ineffective scale and influences teacher pay.“Hoosier teachers and schools have my support,” McNamara said. “I am in favor of school districts determining the performance of their educators, as they are best positioned to evaluate their work.”House Bill 1002 now moves to the Indiana Senate for further consideration. Visit iga.in.gov for more information about this legislation.FOOTNOTE: State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76, which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties. McNamara Supports Bill Decoupling Teacher Performance From Test Scores FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Peter’s new depotPie producer Peter’s has opened a 45,000sq ft multi-temperature distribution depot in Sidcup to help it expand its distribution operation in London and the south east by more than 20%. The new facility features improved office and conference areas and increased storage and picking facilities for frozen, chilled and ambient goods.Nero in bullish moodCaffè Nero has shrugged off pressures from the economy by ploughing on with its growth plans for 2011. The 475-outlet chain, which grew by 75 stores in 2010, plans to open another 50 in 2011, despite the VAT rise and high unemployment.Amateur baker huntThe BBC has launched a new search for amateur bakers following the success of the last series of The Great British Bake-Off. Candidates who wish to apply for series two cannot have their main source of income from commercial baking and/or cooking in a professional environment and cannot have ever worked full-time as a baker.McMeikan heads CBIGreggs chief executive Ken McMeikan has now taken up the role of chairman of the Confederation of British Industry, as announced last year. He will remain in the role for two years until January 2013.Bread educationThe Real Bread Campaign is launching the Bake Your Lawn scheme on 24 January in a bid to spread knowledge about ’real bread’ to the next generation. The scheme will encourage children around Britain to plant wheat in February and March, and to follow its journey from seed to sandwich. A free-to-download pack will be available from www.realbreadcampaign.org.
WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine With such a hopeful populace, it is not difficult for political authorities to tap the citizens and stakeholders for their active participation, partnership and collaboration in decision-making, especially on matters that affect their future. This necessarily includes their involvement in the long-overdue laying-out of plans for solid waste management, air and water quality management, comprehensive land use, energy, climate change and disaster risk reduction and management.In a country like ours which is disaster-prone, and the third most highly vulnerable to the wide ranging effects of climate change, with Cebu ranking 8th as the most-landslide prone area in the country, it is a must for local government units (LGUs) and national government agencies (NGAs) to bring in the constituents as participants in all phases of policy-making. It is mandatory on their part to respect the rights of the people and nongovernment organizations and people’s organizations to be engaged at all levels of decision-making—whether political, social or economic.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionBarangays are even expressly mandated by the Local Government Code (Code) to mobilize the public to take part in governance through the mechanisms for public participation such as activation of the barangay development councils and the twice-yearly barangay assemblies and the required public consultation under section 26 of the Code in projects where the environment is impacted, natural resources are depleted or climate change is aggravated, among others.Imagine, for example, if affected barangays of the road-widening project in the South have duly consulted with and listened to the residents of Naga City, San Fernando town and Carcar City and ecology, health and cultural advocates in Cebu on the congressman-initiated project tapping his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) allocation, do you think the century-old trees lining the highway will be allowed to be painted and marked for eventual destruction? Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip The recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed that 94 percent of Filipinos welcome the New Year with enormous hope rather than fear, and if I may add, amid the challenges we face (http://www.sws.org.ph/pr20131230.htm). This confirms what we know—that we are basically an optimistic lot.It is interesting to observe that in comparison to the Germans (1991 to 2012), and in a poll conducted by SWS from 2000 to 2013, more Filipinos consistently enter the New Year with hope, reaching 92 percent in 2012 with their German counterparts at 42 percent. SWS explained that, “The survey question on hope versus fear about the New Year was patterned after the polls conducted annually by the Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach (IfD Allensbach), often referred to more simply as the ‘Allensbach Institute’ (http://www.ifd-allensbach.de), one of the most well-known and respected opinion and market research institutes in Germany today. Surveys are completed in December each year in the Federal Republic of Germany, until 1989 in West Germany including West Berlin, with maximum 2,000 respondents per survey.” SWS conducted the surveys for free as part of their public service.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Painters refuse to go quietly PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage MOST READ View comments PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Is the government bent on pushing through with the project, at this stage, despite the declaration by the Supreme Court that the PDAF, as source of the project, is unconstitutional?MORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsMORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsDoes this project not push us further in harm’s way considering that we need more trees for the polluted air in Cebu to be filtered, lessen the erosion and flooding incidents and their consequences, protect the threatened biodiversity, and help minimize the looming water crisis and the current climate change challenge we all face?Why can we not have a viable and sustainable road project which does not destroy but would rather nurture our already vastly degraded natural systems?It is a disappointing that two months after our request, we still await the response of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Visayas for a copy of the Environmental Impacts Statement, Environmental Compliance Certificate and other related documents regarding said project. If DENR is confident of the legality of its decision in allowing the road-widening project to push through, why is it stalling in acceding to a valid request and in respecting the citizens’ right to be informed and to make decisions on courses of actions to make?Amid the government and other stakeholders’ inaction and the enormous tasks ahead, we are still hopeful that the year 2014 will find the culture of entitlement that characterized political leaders and the previous administration’s dealings with the people to be vanquished. Plans and programs will hopefully be more responsive, emanating from the voices of the grassroots communities and the various sectors. The bottom-up budgeting that the Aquino administration has initiated to alleviate poverty and for the country to comply with the Millennium Development Goals, which include ecological sustainability, by the way, will optimistically instill the participatory mind-set that admired governance champions like the late Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and former San Francisco Mayor Al Arquillano root for.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s time to consider taking sea row to UN – Del Rosario But, as always, it takes not government but a hopeful, determined, assertive and courageous citizenry to ensure that we are not excluded from the processes of decision-making on matters that affect all of us. This is what empowerment entails.Read Next