Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Promises about Education on Walk-O-Meter

End social promotion for third-graders who cannot read

Will end social promotion for third-graders who cannot read. "Today, 33% of Wisconsin fourth graders cannot read at even a basic level – proof that Wisconsin’s educational system is failing our children. To turn things around, we have to put an end to social promotion for students who cannot read at the end of third grade."

Create A-to-F grading scale for school quality

Will create A-to-F grading scale for school quality. "Schools should be graded just like students on a scale of A to F. Grades awarded under this rating system will be based on objective criteria such as graduation rates, passing rates, enrollment in Advanced Placement courses, standardized test scores, and teacher and administrator evaluations. Schools that fail for three consecutive years must select an alternate model."

Create "turnaround task force" to help school districts with failing schools

Will create a "state funded 'Turnaround Taskforce'" to "provide needed guidance to school districts ensuring that they don’t drain financial resources from Wisconsin’s many successful schools."

Establish teacher evaluation system

Will establish teacher evaluation system: "Under my plan, teachers will be evaluated based on the following five criteria: planning and preparation, classroom environment, quality of instruction, professional responsibilities, and yearly student progress. Teachers will receive an overall rating of 'ineffective,' 'needs improvement,' 'satisfactory,' or 'exemplary.' Teachers who are rated 'ineffective' two years in a row will lose their teaching license, while all teachers rated as 'satisfactory' or 'exemplary' will be eligible for bonuses."

Streamline teacher licensing process; allow those with "real world" experience.

Will "streamline the licensing process and open the door to aspiring teachers with real world experience."

Remove residency requirement for teachers

Will "remove arbitrary barriers like residency requirements that keep qualified teachers out of struggling districts."

Restore Qualified Economic Offer system for school district bargaining

Will restore the Qualified Economic Offer in school district bargaining. "The Qualified Economic Offer (QEO), which helped hold down local school costs for more than 15 years, will be restored and tied to revenue caps to align each district’s expenses with their revenues."

Change mediation/arbitration rules for teacher unions to consider "local economic factors"

Will change mediation/arbitration rules. "Mediation and arbitration changes will also be needed to ensure that local economic factors are considered."

Remove enrollment caps for private school choice program and for virtual charter schools

Will "remove enrollment caps for private school choice program and for virtual charter schools."