Washington D.C.’s “rigid, numerically based” IMPACT rates teachers based on classroom observations and student performance, notes Inside IMPACT, a new Education Sector report. The old system rated 95 percent of D.C. teachers “satisfactory” or above.
“In the two years since this high-stakes report card was launched, it has led to the firing of scores of educators, put hundreds more on notice, and left the rest either encouraged and re-energized, or frustrated and scared,” writes author Susan Headden.
Multiple-measures teacher evaluation is the future of K–12 education, the report concludes. In D.C., the future is now.
Here’s the New York Times story on IMPACT, which notes that “last year 35 percent of the teachers in the city’s wealthiest area, Ward 3, were rated highly effective, compared with 5 percent in Ward 8, the poorest.”