Teacher evaluation is a-changin’

Most states are using student achievement to evaluate teachers, according to Connect the Dots from the National Council on Teacher Quality. “What is occurring more slowly are the policy changes that will connect the rich performance data from these systems to tenure decisions, professional development, compensation, teacher preparation, and consequences for ineffectiveness.”

NCTQ looks at teacher evaluation policies across the 50 states and Washington D.C. Louisiana is “connecting the most dots,” followed closely by Florida and Tennessee, NCTQ concludes. Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, Rhode Island and DCPS are also ahead of the curve.

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  1. I wish them well but I fear that teacher evaluation that doesn’t arise from preferences evinced by parents is destined to failure. Such evaluations will necessarily be constructed by experts with a dubious claim to the title. Expertise comes from understanding and what reason is there to understand the qualities that go to make up a good teacher?

    There is none.

    The kids will show up and the money will show up regardless of whether the teachers, or the schools, or the whole district, is worthless. It’s the law so why work harder then necessary?

    That’s not so much a conscious attitude as a rational response the realities of public education.

    You can work hard if you want. You can spend your own time and your own money trying to help educate kids but at the end of the day you’d better be satisfied with knowing you did the right thing because there’s not going to be any professional recognition.

    The problem for NCTQ and their accountability standards is that even if they’re made a statutory requirement they’re layered on top of the current system. Like a coat of paint on rusty metal they’ll hide the problem for a while but the underlying situation still exists and it won’t be denied for too very long.