6 December 2013      No. 32-13

Government fails to respond to notions of teacher rankings, student ratings and parent evaluation – QTU members triggered into action

QTU Executive met last night to consider recent developments in government moves to introduce teacher and school leader rankings by stealth.

QTU members have contacted the Union with information about proposed changes to the agreed Developing Performance Framework (DPF) process, and government plans to introduce a “pilot program” of evaluation based, among other criteria, on standardised student test data and student and parent ratings of teacher performance.

This information was reinforced by public comments made in the media by departmental officers and the Education Minister.

On Monday the QTU wrote to the Director-General requesting that he confirm or deny the accuracy of statements made to The Courier-Mail by departmental representatives that indicated that the government was pushing ahead with its pilot program based on the Great teachers = Great results agenda. The Director-General failed to respond to the QTU’s urgent correspondence.

As advised on Monday, the directive not to nominate for or participate in any pilot or trial of a teacher and/or school leader performance review that is not agreed with the QTU remains in place.

Given that there appears to be a continued push by DETE to change the existing DPF process, Executive determined to issue the following additional directive:

QTU members employed by the Department of Education, Training and Employment are hereby directed not to participate in any DPF processes* that differ from those used in 2013 with the exception of the use of the Australian Professional Standards of Teachers as agreed through the DETE/QTU joint statement.

*Refer to DETE/QTU joint statement and QTU newsflash 30-13, 26 November 2013

If members become aware of any revised performance review processes or it is suggested that their school is to become part of the pilot/trial of the new teacher and principal rankings, they should contact the QTU immediately.

Additionally, if the government determines to make announcements or move ahead with the implementation of those matters rejected overwhelmingly by members in last month’s ballot, the QTU will issue a directive instructing members to stop work in the beginning part of next year.

Members are reminded that teacher and/or principal rankings, performance bonuses and/or contracts for school leaders are unacceptable to the QTU and the introduction of any such schemes would be a potential breach of the certified agreement.

Members are encouraged to remain informed of any developments regarding the teacher and principal rankings process, contracts for school leaders and performance bonuses via the QTU website.

Additionally, if you have not already done so, you are encouraged to get online and update your details with a personal email address, so that the QTU can communicate with you directly via email over the holiday period.

Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary,
Queensland Teachers' Union,  21 Graham St,  Milton,Q.4064