Assessment

Teacher Suggests How to Assess Teacher Performance

By Bryan Toporek — June 18, 2010 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

On Friday in the Washington Post, a first-year, second-career teacher gives four suggestions for making test-based accountability fairer for teachers.

Michele Kerr suggests (1) teachers should be able to remove disruptive students more easily from the classroom; (2) teachers should only be assessed on the results of those students with 90 percent or higher attendance; (3) students who don’t achieve “basic” proficiency in a subject should be prohibited from advancing to the next grade level; and (4) teachers should be assessed on student improvement, not an absolute standard.

Would you agree to tying your performance reviews to student test scores if these four elements were in place?

Update, 6/21: Two related links for you to check out...

Teacher blogger Anthony Cody deconstructs each of Kerr’s four suggestions in his latest entry. As you can see from Cody’s comments below, he believes Kerr presents “entirely reasonable adjustments,” but believes the ultimate problem lies with testing being an “inadequate marker of that which we are responsible for teaching.” Well worth the read.

Also, Monty Neill, the interim executive director of FairTest, wrote a commentary for Education Week last Friday in which he devised a comprehensive assessment system based on ideas already successfully employed in other countries.

Related Tags:

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.


Commenting has been disabled on edweek.org effective Sept. 8. Please visit our FAQ section for more details. To get in touch with us visit our contact page, follow us on social media, or submit a Letter to the Editor.


Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Teaching Webinar
6 Key Trends in Teaching and Learning
As we enter the third school year affected by the pandemic—and a return to the classroom for many—we come better prepared, but questions remain. How will the last year impact teaching and learning this school
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Equity & Diversity Webinar
Evaluating Equity to Drive District-Wide Action this School Year
Educational leaders are charged with ensuring all students receive equitable access to a high-quality education. Yet equity is more than an action. It is a lens through which we continuously review instructional practices and student
Content provided by BetterLesson
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
Attendance Awareness Month: The Research Behind Effective Interventions
More than a year has passed since American schools were abruptly closed to halt the spread of COVID-19. Many children have been out of regular school for most, or even all, of that time. Some
Content provided by AllHere

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Assessment Spotlight Spotlight on Assessment in 2021
In this Spotlight, review newest assessment scores, see how districts will catch up with their supports for disabled students, plus more.
Assessment 'Nation's Report Card' Has a New Reading Framework, After a Drawn-Out Battle Over Equity
The new framework for the National Assessment of Educational Progress will guide development of the 2026 reading test.
10 min read
results 925693186 02
iStock/Getty
Assessment Opinion Q&A Collections: Assessment
Scores of educators share commentaries on the use of assessments in schools.
5 min read
Images shows colorful speech bubbles that say "Q," "&," and "A."
iStock/Getty
Assessment Standardized Tests Could Be in Jeopardy in Wake of Biden Decisions, Experts Say
Has the Biden administration shored up statewide tests this year only to risk undermining long-term public backing for them?
6 min read
Image of a test sheet.
sengchoy/iStock/Getty