The boss doesn’t know best, writes Samuel Culbert in a New York Times op-ed. Performance reviews are “subjective evaluations that measure how ‘comfortable’ a boss is with an employee, not how much an employee contributes to overall results.”
So how should teachers be laid off when districts are forced to reduce staff? Flypaper asks.
. . . until stronger teacher evaluation systems are in place, it seems that our education system faces two stark choices: make lay-off decisions based on seniority, or trust administrators to pick and choose the teachers to fire. Which option do you think carries greater risks?
Fordham staffers weigh in and others leave their opinions in the comments. I’d like to trust principals to choose their teaching staffs, but I worry about the strong incentives to dump the top-scale teachers, including those who are competent, in favor of young teachers who may not be quite as good but are much, much cheaper.