Teacher evaluation is broken writes Todd Seal, an English teacher.
Teachers in my school district are currently evaluated by a bi-annual visit from an administrator (principals and the like). Every 2 years, an administrator spends 53 minutes in my classroom, taking notes on what happens during that time. That 53-minute period, that solitary visit to my classroom on a day and time that I know about well in advance is supposed to be some type of record of how effective I am as an educator. That visit is the single requirement our district has for teacher evaluation.
. . . Suggestions from the current principal who used to teach 6th grade back in 1976 only go so far with an AP English teacher facing a room full of high school seniors.
Teachers could be evaluated by their peers (other teachers, not administrators). They could be evaluated by standardized test scores. They could be evaluated by students. They could be evaluated by themselves. They could be evaluated by administrators. All of these could make up a teacher’s evaluation.
The trouble comes in hinging a definition of teacher success on any one of these, leaving it solely to that as a deciding factor.
Via Jenny D.