Houston may use student opinion as part of teacher evaluations, reports Fox 26. Student ratings could account for 20 to 30 percent of a teacher’s evaluation, according to a district document sent to teachers.
Effective teachers aren’t always the most popular teachers, warns Houston Federation of Teachers president Gayle Fallon. “Those student surveys will amount to very little more than a popularity contest.”
Student evaluation of teachers is not district policy — or even a staff recommendation — said district spokesman Jason Spencer. Not yet, anyhow.