State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna has named a 22-member task force to develop standards for evaluating teacher performance, following up after his pay-for-performance plan failed in this year’s Legislature. Luna said, “The work of this task force will be critical in improving the public education system in Idaho. We know the most important factor in a student’s academic success is the quality of the teacher in the classroom. Therefore, we must ensure that every Idaho student has a great teacher in the classroom, and that starts with making sure Idaho teachers receive fair and valid evaluations of their performance each year.” The group will meet monthly, starting this week, and come up with a proposal for the governor, Legislature and state Board of Education by year’s end.
The task force includes two school principals, three school board members, a charter school representative, a charter school teacher, three other teachers, two parents, business people, the president of the Idaho Education Association, the chairmen of the House and Senate education committees, Luna, one district school superintendent, and representatives from the colleges of education at LCSC and BYU-Idaho. Below is the full list of members.