Getting Serious About Teacher Evaluation
A fresh look at peer assistance and review
You can hardly open a newspaper or major magazine today without finding a story about another incarnation or overhaul of teacher evaluation. But underlying nearly all these detailed descriptions of state and local programs is a near-unanimous and long-standing assumption: Whoever is in charge of improving teachers shouldn’t also be in charge of evaluating them.
It’s an assumption that makes perfect prima facie sense, but as our research shows, the assumption is wrong.
Good teacher evaluation is critical, and evaluation programs should be rigorous and comprehensive. Truly effective evaluation programs...
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