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One size does not fit all when it comes to Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher evaluation.
CTE teachers instruct in a number of fields (from health sciences and engineering to design and culinary services) and in a wide variety of settings (from typical middle or high school classrooms, to special in-school labs, to full technical high schools). Almost all states require that cContinue Reading »
In 2009, just as teacher evaluation became a federal policy focus, the District of Columbia Public Schools launched its new teacher evaluation system. The IMPACT system exemplifies the use of “multiple measures” of teacher performance as a basis for personnel decisions such as teacher compensation and dismissal. A new study by Thomas Dee and James Wyckoff asserts that some of IMPACT’s “carrots Continue Reading »
On the face of it, you wouldn’t think evaluating teachers would be a terribly emotional issue. After all, professionalism implies evaluation and transparency on a regular and consistent basis. Doctors answer to tissue committees and lawyers are scrutinized by their colleagues daily. Why is teacher evaluation so fraught with emotion?
Recent surveys indicate that teachers feel under siege.Continue Reading »
In my recent paper, The Evergreen Effect, I show that nearly every employee in Washington school districts—including all teachers, principals, superintendents, and school support staff like janitors and librarians—is given a satisfactory performance evaluation. The problems with this seem self-evident to me and, as I articulate in the piece, if an employer can’t differentiate between their emplContinue Reading »
In a new Education Sector Chart You Can Trust, I show that Washington’s motto as “The Evergreen State” applies not just to an abundance of evergreen coniferous trees, but also to the state’s school districts, which almost never identify low-performing employees. Across all districts statewide, only a minuscule number of employees were deemed unsatisfactory: 0.92 percent of teachers, 1.42 percenContinue Reading »
Poor grades. StudentsFirst, Michelle Rhee’s organization, has ranked states based on education policy. Not one state got an A, and 11 received Fs. (StudentsFirst.org)
Getting evaluation right. Georgia officials aren’t happy with the results from its new teacher evaluation pilot, saying ratings are “skewed to the positive.” Principals and teachers will receive more training. (Get SchooledContinue Reading »
Questioning the validity of value-added. A new study, to be presented next month, argues that “a teacher could, in effect, boost his or her value-added score simply by teaching all higher-level courses.” (Education Week)
The value of strong school leaders. A highly effective principal can raise student achievement by 2-7 months of learning in one school year, according to this study. (EdContinue Reading »
“I would love to have the students grade the teachers at the end of the year as opposed to just the other way around so that teachers get feedback,” Mitt Romney told an audience at the NBC News “Education Nation” Summit in New York a few weeks ago. To a lot of education policy insiders, that seemed to be reference to the increasing use of student surveys as an additional measure for evaluating Continue Reading »
Education in Election 2012. The Obama and Romney campaigns are debating this week at eduwonk.com. Just as many polls show the race as essentially even, so are the Eduwonk postings, with one apiece.
Teaming up. Fourteen school districts in one New Jersey county get together to split costs and training for a new teacher evaluation system. (Hunterdon Democrat)
“This is no time for huContinue Reading »
Last week, Education Nation closed the summit with interviews from President Obama and Governor Romney. The candidates seemed to agree more than they disagreed—in fact, Brian Williams asked Governor Romney if he would retain Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education for a Romney presidency. Performance pay was one area where President Obama and Governor Romney were closely aligned. “There should beContinue Reading »