The Problem with some teacher evaluation systems

Robyn Jackson
Robyn Jackson

Robyn Jackson, author of "Never Work Harder Than Your Students", writes about the three common errors when implementing teacher evaluation systems.

Jackson writes: "School districts across the US are creating new teacher evaluation systems that are supposed to better identify ineffective teaching and, in some cases, tie a teacher’s rating to student performance. My quarrel is not with the evaluation systems themselves however. My quarrel is with how they are being implemented. Here are three of the most common mistakes I’ve seen:

1. Limiting the number of teachers who can rate in the highest category.

2. Not tying professional development to the evaluation and salary system.

3. Not providing follow-up professional development, feedback, and coaching that helps teachers respond effectively to the evaluation.

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