Hundreds of teachers protested as Houston school trustees approved a plan to allow the firing of educators whose students consistently fail to improve on standardized tests.
The Houston Independent School District next year will turn to a
value-added system of measuring student progress, in accordance
with a vote taken Thursday night. More than 700 teachers, at times
booing, were part of the overflow crowd.
Superintendent Terry Grier says training and mentoring will be
available to teachers in danger of losing their jobs.
More than 400 teachers, or about 3 percent of the HISD teaching staff, could be at risk under the system using a statistical method to judge their effectiveness. The process currently is used to determine which teachers are eligible for bonuses.
The Houston Federation of Teachers and the Congress of Houston
Teachers oppose the plan.