Build a Flexible Frame for Teacher Eval

National Journal takes on the subject of teacher evaluation.  There is some consensus in the reform community that at least half of a teacher’s evaluation should be based on performance data.  In most places, that data is getting better fast so it’s important that system and evaluation language remain flexible.  Here’s my response:
Teachers rightly worry about using a single source of data to judge performance but we’ll soon have a vast array of content-embedded assessment as well as teacher-scored assessment that we’ll be able to consider when judging student growth and teacher performance. That’s why I’m a fan of Terry Grier’s approach in Houston which seeks to use “all available information” when making performance judgements. We’ll need to build flexible frameworks that year after year incorporate new data elements into increasingly more well rounded pictures of performance.

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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