Incompetent Teachers or Dysfunctional Systems?

The following article appeared in the Phi Delta Kappan magazine.

“Calls to fire the lowest-performing teachers are widespread, but such actions are not likely to improve teacher quality. Instead, educators should focus on improving the education system that can prevent even good teachers from providing high-quality teaching…”


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How one great teacher was wronged by a flawed evaluation system

The following appeared in Valerie Strauss’s blog in the Washington Post.

“She is valued by her principal who gave her 58 out of 60 points on the measure of teaching behaviors — instruction, lesson plans, professional obligations, understanding of child development, communication with parents — all of the things that matter and that Jenn can truly control.

“And then came the test score measures…”

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