Teacher evaluation in the news
By Anonymous on Jun 29, 2009 10:45 PM
As Philadelphia and several other major districts discuss new teachers' contracts, teacher evaluation is getting attention in the news. A Washington Post article looked at a peer review evaluation and support program in suburban Maryland. The DC teachers' union remains in talks about a new contract.
The article also mentioned the decades' old peer evaluation system from Toledo that was described in The Notebook's Summer edition article on teacher evaluation. Dale Mezzacappa returned to the example in a blog post about TNTP's The Widget Effect report on teacher evaluation, which found that current evaluations so a poor job of gauging teacher effectiveness.
The Detroit News cited the Widget Effect study and Toledo examples in an editorial that advocated for teacher quality playing a big role in the new contract there. The study also inspired an editorial in the NY Times. The Widget Effect site has a list of news items referencing the report, including a letter to the editor from Superintedent Ackerman in the South Philly Review.
A recent guest blog post from former teacher Ron Whitehorne started a conversation about evaluation in Philadelphia--what do you have to add? Do these studies, articles, and examples ring true? What can we realistically bring to Philadelphia?