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What Has Happened to Teacher Evaluations? We Need Your Help
By Anthony Cody.
President Obama, the federal Department of Education offered several billion
dollars in Race to the Top money and waivers from NCLB to states and school
districts across the country in exchange for redesigning teacher evaluation
processes. The feds required that a significant portion of teacher evaluations
be based on student test scores, which was interpreted to mean anything from a
low of 20% to a high of 50% of the weight of an evaluation. Some states used
complex formulas to calculate “value added,” while others adopted frameworks
from Charlotte Danielson or Robert Marzano.
evaluations were designed to strengthen teaching – to provide teachers with
feedback, to identify those in need of support, or those who should be
dismissed. But it is unclear what the real impact has been. It is unclear what
theimpact of these policies(link) has been. Furthermore, there
seems to be very little data being collected regarding the impact of these
processes on working teachers – and the administrators who must evaluate them.
We hear that more teachers are leaving the profession, and that morale has
dropped. Are the new evaluations part of the reason?
Network for Public Education has launched a research project to investigate. We
want to hear from educators – teachers and administrators who have been
involved directly in the evaluation process over the past decade. How have
evaluations changed? What are the impacts that are being felt in your
classrooms and schools? How are students being affected?
of our investigation we have developed a survey. It asks detailed questions
that will help us understand and communicate to others how changes in
evaluation processes are affecting our colleagues and students. We would like
to collect as many responses from around the country as possible. Please take
the survey. Your answers will help us create understanding and critical
the link to the survey. Please feel free to share it with colleagues — teachers
and/or administrators. The more responses we get, the better picture we will
have of what is happening in our schools.
Cody worked in the high poverty schools of Oakland, California, for 24 years,
18 of them as a middle school science teacher. He was one of the organizers of
the Save Our Schools March in Washington, DC in 2011 and he is a founding
member of The Network for Public Education. A graduate of UC Berkeley and San
Jose State University, he now lives in Mendocino County, California.
I received an accomplished grade at my Ohio high school (best
rating,)Through no fault of my own,a year later, the State informed me that I
had been downgraded to skilled.I have taught for 38 -years in the inner
city.These teacher ratings are arbitrary and based on invalid and unreliable
Anthony, Teacher evaluations according to VAM has been in the
process for some time. I have prepared a 2 part article to show teachers that Lamar
Alexander has had his fingerprints on this system a long time. Hope this
helps teachers understand the real data collection issues.
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