Want to Build a Better Teacher Evaluation? Ask a Teacher
Reformers have invested massive financial resources and political capital in new teacher-evaluation systems, but early results show that these policies won’t lead to improvements on their own. To generate more effective teaching through evaluations, teachers, principals, and school system leaders need to embrace a culture of ongoing two-way feedback and a commitment to continuous improvement. Surveys are a critical component of well-designed continuous-improvement systems, which high-performing organizations inside and outside the education sector have adopted as a reliable, cost-effective means of gathering and valuing front-line perspective. Surveying teachers, and acting on the results, respects teachers’ voice, provides diagnostic information regarding principals and schools, and offers an invaluable, authentic lens into classroom implementation. Used well, teacher surveys just might save...
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