To Evaluate or Not to Evaluate: That Is NOT the Question

This article from The National Commission on Teaching and America's Future takes a clear-eyed look at teacher evaluation: bringing together policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to discuss a vision for cohesive systems that assess and support teachers based on where they are in their career and their development.

The group discussion highlighted helpful features such as:

  • A foundation of thoughtful standards that describes goals for student progress and great teaching and provides structure for observation and feedback;
  • Flexibility to allow for teaching to adapt to the learning needs of students;
  • Support for teachers to use student learning evidence to reflect on their teaching; and
  • Multiple measures including indicators of student growth such as language progress, portfolio submissions, pre and post-tests, or progressive drafts;
  • Peer review and collaboration as well as principal training and support, which are critical to the success of the entire system;
  • Time for teachers to observe other teachers that is built into the evaluation process;
  • Access to online resources such as videos and virtual PLCs for teachers to augment their professional development; and
  • Personalizing teachers’ professional development plans and accompanying feedback, which creates engagement, ownership, and focused collaboration centered on the kind of improvement needed to improve student learning.

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