Will Richardson posits that one problem with evaluating teachers on the basis of student test scores is that it values knowledge over learning:
And yes, we need to know that our kids know some stuff, no question. But what I really want to know is that my kids are learners, that they are motivated to seek knowledge on their own and use it effectively, that they are problem solvers, that they are self-directed, entrepreneurial, and motivated to change the world. If you can find a way to test that, I'd be more than happy to apply the result as a part of teacher evaluation.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.