Teacher Evaluation

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Why Recommended Ways to Evaluate Teachers are So Often Wrong

• "Does data source X provide useful information?" and<br>• "Should data source X be used for purpose Y?"<p>Those are two very different questions. Unfortunately, conflation of these questions by education researchers, writers and advocates far too frequently results in bad policy recommendations.<p>This problem …


Standardized tests don't help us evaluate teachers

When I was the general counsel of the Los Angeles Unified School District, it was extraordinarily difficult to dismiss underperforming teachers who had tenure. One major problem was that we lacked objective measures of teacher effectiveness. So when the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act brought the …