An article focusing on the Impact teacher evaluation system in Washington, D.C. Last year, after evaluations 165 teachers were fired due to poor performance. The system uses student test scores to measure fourth to eighth grade math and reading teachers. Several classroom observations are...
Union Challenges State on Use of Tests in Teacher Evaluations
New York State United Teachers is suing the state's education policy-making body because of the importance placed on student test scores in teacher evaluations. The teacher's union sued the Board of Regents for "giving districts more power to use test scores in teacher evaluations than the...
Better teacher evaluations may not help much
The author compares Washington D.C.'s teacher evaluation system with the one used in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Washington system evaluates teachers every year, while the Cincinnati system evaluates them less frequently. The author suggests that Cincinnati's system is better because it isn't...
A look at ways to create a fair teacher evaluation system
The author, the dean of the School of Education at Mercy College, examines alternative ways of measuring teacher effectiveness. One of his suggestions is to create small groups of the teacher's peers (including coworkers and instructors from other schools) to evaluate their colleague's...
Making Evaluations Matter
A New York City public school teacher discusses the current teacher evaluation system and why she thinks it should be overhauled. Currently, the evaluations only find instructors "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory," but do not provide feedback for teachers to improve their performance. The...
The Big Fix: Fixing Schools, Fixing Teachers
The article focuses on a low-performing technical high school in New York City that hopes to receive a federal school improvement grant this year. However, the state will not give the school any of the grant money until a teacher evaluation system is decided on by the teachers' union and the city.
N.E.A. Shifts Position on Teacher Evaluations
The National Education Association recently changed its stance on the influence of student performance on teacher evaluations. The group announced that "evidence of student learning must be considered" when evaluating teachers in public schools across the country.
Teacher Evaluation Pilot Program Prepares for Takeoff
An explanation of New Jersey's new pilot teacher evaluation system. The pilot program will be tested for one year by nine school districts before becoming adopted statewide.
Student scores to be key factor in teacher evaluations
A discussion of the role that student test scores will have on teacher evaluations in Massachusetts public schools.