Sheridan Representative Rosie Berger appeared on NewsTalk 930's Public Pulse program last week, where she touched on several issues that may come up in the 2012 Budget Session of the Wyoming Legislature.
One issue that she commented on was education and how the legislature wants to make sure the state gets what it's paying for when it comes to teacher salaries.
Teacher salaries in the Cowboy State are some of the highest in the region. Berger explains at what they are looking, going into 2012.
Berger says that an important part of the discussion is statewide assessments and how teachers are evaluated.
One of the proposals legislators heard from consultants this fall was the use of PAWS as an assessment for teachers and administrators. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill has said that the PAWS test is meant to measure school performance, not teacher performance.
In terms of school performance under the PAWS system, Sheridan County school districts traditionally do well.
Sheridan County School District 2 has voiced their disagreement as well with PAWS as a tool to measure teacher and administrator success – proposed under Enrolled Act 90. They say local formative and summative measures are more useful, and that as a district they already hold teachers and principals accountable.
District 2 supports maintaining a system of local control where the local board of trustees is informed when a teacher struggles.