The National Education Association has approved the use of test scores to evaluate teacher performance — “but the union’s leaders underscored that no existing standardized tests currently meet the criteria for inclusion spelled out in the policy,” reports Teacher Beat, which is covering the NEA convention.
NEA Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle said the union will work to create a “truly high-quality evaluation and accountability system that honors our profession.”
Delegates added more qualifications:
• Objective evaluators must now “be agreed to by the local affiliate,” which would, for example, not permit evaluators like the district-hired “master educators” used by the District of Columbia’s IMPACT teacher-evaluation system.
• On tenure-granting (or as the union calls it “career status”), the original proposal said that teachers after receiving two “meets” or “exceeds” ratings on evaluations should earn tenure. But the final version says tenure should be granted for a good evaluation “at the end of their probationary period.”
• On top of all the other requirements, standardized tests used in evaluations would now have to be “developmentally appropriate,” too.