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Evaluation Dysfunction

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If you want to improve the quality of the teaching profession, says Renee Moore, you need to start by improving the quality of teacher-evaluation systems.

Apparently, we do not have systems that accurately identify teacher effectiveness or the degree of that effectiveness. Rigorous evaluation systems would not only identify quality teaching, but give each teacher a realistic, timely assessment of his/her work, identifying areas or strength and weakness; thereby, guiding professional development and support needs.

My report on Moore's presentation at the Forum for Educaiton and Democracy in Washington is here.

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I think the problem is not the teacher but having qualified people evaluate the teachers. I am tired of incompetent people evaluating teachers and having no clue about the standards or curriculum. The world could never imagine how many good teachers were chased out of the teaching profession by poor administrators.
I think when leadership is evaluated by teachers then we will get a professional learning community that is unbaised and equitable to all staff. The teacher turnover and school climate will drastically improve.
Teachers have become the scapegoat for ineffective poor administrators. Good teachers have good principals. Teachers are happy to work under a good leader who respects and supports his teachers.

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