Sen. Rick Olseen Column on Q-Comp

Thursday, February 5th, 2009 at 9:55 am

(From Office of Senator Rick Olseen)

The Legislative Auditor’s report found that both school administrators and teachers felt more positively about QComp’s staff-development benefits than about the pay-for-performance requirement. “The best way to improve a student’s classroom achievement is with excellent teaching,” said Sen. Olseen. “The staff development, teacher evaluation, and mentorship components of the QComp program have provided great opportunities for both students and teachers.”

The report also outlined four key recommendations tied to Education Department review and changes in the QComp application process. “With better review of the program, we’ll have more information on its results to help us determine how the state can best use QComp,” said Sen. Olseen. “Budgets are tight, so we should have complete and accurate data before we dedicate additional resources to the program or expand its scope.”

Sen. Olseen noted that he was concerned that the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) commissioned and released its own report on QComp while the Legislative Auditor was also studying the program.

The MDE report cost $180,000 to conduct. “During this budget crisis, we need to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars,” said Sen. Olseen. “It was well known that the Legislative Auditor was working on a QComp report, so I question why the
Department of Education would duplicate these efforts.”

For more information, you may contact Sen. Olseen at 651-296-5419.

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