Baker schools approve teacher advancement plan

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Posted: Mar 2, 2011 2:39 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Mar 2, 2011 6:18 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Baker, schools, education, Ulysses Joseph, Baker School Board, Teacher Assistance Program, TAP

BAKER - School leaders have a new official plan to keep students' test scores from dropping, and to keep the Recovery School District from taking over.

The Teacher Advancement Program, or TAP, is aimed at bumping up students' scores. With the program, leaders will evaluate teachers at least four times a year, instead of the once or twice they are evaluated now.

Superintendent Ulysses Joseph said that will keep instructors "on their P's and Q's," and will encourage them to better their teaching methods.

Young teachers will also be assigned mentor teachers to "show them the ropes" and help them work through common problems. Additionally, teachers will collaborate on the tests and assignments they form to ensure they are advancing students' skills.

And what teachers at the five schools will look forward to the most: Joseph said he will offer incentive pay to teachers for good grades.

While the school system is not formally enrolled in the state's TAP plan, it is following the guidelines so the Recovery School District does not take over.

All the changes will be put in place starting in the fall.

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