Teacher ratings overhaul forges on despite lack of union approval

BY ROSALIND ROSSI Education Reporter March 30, 2012 2:38AM

Talks on a dramatic overhaul of the way Chicago public school teachers are evaluated ended Thursday with district officials forging forward without teacher union approval on a plan that would tie the ratings of thousands of teachers in part to student test scores.

Student feedback, via surveys, on some 16,000 union teachers also would affect ratings ­— counting for 10 percent of teacher evaluations by year two, according to Chicago Public School officials.

Chicago Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard hailed the plan due to start this fall as “a win for the district, a win for teachers and a win for students.”