How (not) to Assess Teacher Performance

Michele Kerr suggests (1) teachers should be able to remove disruptive students more easily from the classroom; (2) teachers should only be assessed on the results of those students with 90 percent or higher attendance; (3) students who don’t achieve “basic” proficiency in a subject should be prohibited from advancing to the next grade level; and (4) teachers should be assessed on student improvement, not an absolute standard.

Would you agree to tying your performance reviews to student test scores if these four elements were in place?

via Education Week.

I do not agree, since there doesn’t seem to be anything left to review once you take away classroom management, attendance, and – well – teaching. The fourth point looks like a plateau with even less substance.

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