"I'm not sure Mr. Linger or the board has read that document yet," Hale said, adding that two schools in every county are piloting the program this year.
"We don't have a lot of data on it yet, but we do have some very specific definitions of what makes a good or bad teacher," she continued.
Linger did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Lee said the "proof would be in the pudding" for the teacher effectiveness measure. Different learning styles among students makes pinning down a precise definition for effectiveness challenging, Lee said.
Both Lee and Hale also mentioned the board's recommendations on schools moving to a balanced, or year-round, calendar. A portion of the audit called for the state to mandate that counties provide students with 180 days of instruction, a measure opposed by the unions. In its response to this audit recommendation, the board instead took the chance to voice its support for schools moving to a balanced calendar.
The board can't force any school to move to a balanced calendar, Hale said, adding that the law would need to change for such an initiative to take place. Lee said communities have to buy in to the switch before it can be considered viable.
The AFT will issue an official response to the board's report some time soon, Hale said.
The WVEA will wrap up a series of forums on the audit Friday.
Lee said the board's response could add to the discussions at the two remaining forums but the union will use its own report from its own forums to create its agenda for the upcoming legislative session.