Teacher Evaluation

We are looking at an addition to our teacher evaluation system in which data on student outcomes is an important piece. Are there other districts in the state that do this or are considering it? I would be interested in how this works in your district.

  1. Using student outcomes in evaluations is not as simple as it seems on the face of it. I remember some years ago, how one teacher was picked out for praise because of where her students ended up on standardized tests at the end of each year. On closer examination, it was determined that this particular teacher was being fed students who were already far above average when she got them. I personally used to teach remedial students. It was not uncommon for these 9th graders to have 5th-grade reading levels or even lower. If I got them to a 7th-grade level, it should have been recognized as achievement, even though they were still behind where we would wish them to be.

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  2. I think it should go along with student outcome how else could you measure how a teacher is doing. First you have to make sure the evals are done.

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  3. We do use the Danielson model and try to use student outcomes to direct professional development and curricular flexibility.

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  4. We use data extensively at the supervisory union level, please contact Dr. Carol Spencer at the Addison Northwest SU office if interested in the methodology used.

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  5. I am not sure about Teacher evaluation’s,mostly our principal takes care of that.

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  6. We had considered it at one point, but met opposition from not only teachers, but the Principal and Superintendent as well. We are a small school ( 70 in PreK-8 ) and the basic issue was that there could be issues with several students within a class that could skew the scores and not be fair to the teachers. This is the same excuse most often used to discuss poor NECAP scores. It also might lead to teachers giving false scores to make their own efforts appear more successful than they actually are.

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  7. Our board does not get involved in teacher evaluation criteria – we delegate that to the superintendent. I think it is important for a board to avoid meddling in the superintendent’s job.

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  8. I DO NOT BELIEVE STUDENT OUTCOMES ARE DIRECTLY LINKED TO TEACHER EVALUATIONS.

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