The Wake County school board voted 5-4 tonight to immediately eliminate use of the Effectiveness Index while also unanimously agreeing to make EVAAS the primary data tool for schools.
School administrators said that the Effectiveness Index would have been ended in June. But members of the fractured board majority came back together to say they wanted to kill the program now.
The original resolution on the table called for making EVAAS the primary data tool and for ending any additional allocation of resources for the Effectiveness Index.
But school board member John Tedesco proposed a friendly amendment saying that the Effectiveness Index should be ended right now instead of June. He cited errors with the Effectiveness Index.
School board member Kevin Hill questioned why you'd pull a tool out of the hands of educators, which drew applause from the audience of diversity policy supporters. The audience applauded anytime a board member said something positive about the Effectiveness Index.
Hill said they should let the Effectiveness Index die a natural death.
But Tedesco argued that Effectiveness Index has created false positives that could have caused thousands of Wake students to be put in remedial services who may not need them.
Board member Carolyn Morrison said that the more evaluation tools you have, the better off you are
School board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman then proposed an alternative motion to separate the Effectiveness Index from the resolution. Her proposal was to have a separate vote ending the Effectiveness Index immediately.
A prior vote failed 5-3 on Oct. 5 with Goldman saying she could have supported it if the wording was different.
Tedesco seconded Goldman's motion tonight.
"Let’s end it now and get more of our people moving forward in the right direction," Tedesco said.
In the ensuing 5-4 vote, all the Republicans voted for Goldman's motion and all the Democrats voted no. As she voted no, board member Anne McLaurin said that the Effectiveness Index was a "good system but not perfect."
The board then returned to the motion on the agenda and unanimously designated EVAAS as the primary data tool.