Buffalo Public School finds flaw in 100 teacher evaluations

Buffalo Public School finds flaw in 100 teacher evaluations
Posted at 6:33 PM, Dec 16, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-11 18:33:54-05

The Buffalo Public School District is now doing an internal audit of its teacher evaluation process.

Recently, the district found that its evaluations did not match up with the state standards. Buffalo found more than 100 teachers and administrates had incorrect evaluation statistics for the 2013-2014 school year.

"We got it wrong," said Buffalo Public School Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie.

Those more than 100 teachers and administrators received "effective" or "highly effective" scores, when really, they should have received, "ineffective" or "developing" scores.

"I don't think we're the only district that found that a challenge but we did not get it right," Ogilvie told 7 Eyewitness News. "We're in the process now of identifying what we'll do in the future to make sure our teachers have confidence in the evaluation system."

The evaluation process is made up of student scores on local tests, state tests and classroom observations. Ogilvie says while the district is still reviewing what went wrong, scores may have been incorrectly matched with teachers and school buildings.

Ogilvie also points to a lack of training for those "behind the scenes" doing the evaluations. But published reports say the district spend over $200,000 on professional development for evaluations along.

Parents in the district, like Bryon McIntyre say things like this should never have happened.

"Over $200,000?  Do you realize that could have put in additional supportive staff in the classrooms?" McIntyre said.

Teachers, who found out their scores from last year are inaccurate are furious, according to the Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore.

Rumore says the state may require teachers to come up with an improvement plan, but, according to Rumore, it's against the law to start mid-year.

"How would you feel if you were told that you didn't have to do one and then all of a sudden they say the state says you have to do one?" Rumore said. "Here it is almost January, and teachers haven't chance to work it out with the principal."