Douglas County School District's pay-for-performance teacher scores under scrutiny

Castle Rock, Colo. - A group of parents and students held signs and honked horns to show their support for teachers at Rock Ridge Elementary in Castle Rock after their performance scores have come under scrutiny.

"They're hurting our children," said Cari Ellenberger, whose children are enrolled in the school.

"I think the taxpayers and public deserve answers," said parent Mike Carver amid the cheers and honks.

Douglas County School Board President Kevin Larsen told 7NEWS the district is reviewing the pay-for-performance ratings for all teachers at the elementary school. 

"It might mean some particular ratings may improve. It might mean one could change on the downward. It might mean some will stay the same. There's enough evidence to warrant this needs to be reviewed through a second process," Larsen said.

Larsen would not elaborate on how the scores compared to other schools in the district, but parents say the teachers at Rock Ridge scored above average. The model bases raises on evaluation results and market-based salary criteria.

"They created the evaluations, they hired the principal who gave the evaluations [and] then they don't trust them," Ellenberger said.

Larsen said the ratings given didn't match the evidence and the review has nothing to do with financial motives.

"There's absolutely no reason the district would have a financial motive in changing the evaluations at one school," Larsen said.

Larsen said three principals in the district will review the teacher evaluations and compare them to the scores they received in a fairly quick process.


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