Comments for: Here’s how to abuse a teacher assessment

Posted May 14, 2012, at 5:31 a.m.

I don’t spend much time debunking our most powerful educational fad: assessments of teachers to determine how much value they have added to a student’s career. Unfortunately, value-added is still growing in every corner of our nation. It’s like those monsters lumbering through this year’s action films. We’ve got to …

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  • Anonymous

     We don’t need teacher evaluations to measure lofty goals, like how much they matter in a kids live.  We need teacher evaluations to weed the lousy teachers out of a system that has too little accountability.  Bad teacher, like all teachers, tend to stay in their jobs for their entire lives.  We need tools that encourage them to move along.

    • Anonymous

       Bad teachers, like most teachers, tend to find different careers.  40% of Education Graduates will never teach finding out early that they were bad teachers.  Another 40-50% will weed themselves out in the first 5 years.  There is a reason unemployment for teachers is less than 4%.

      • Guest

        Have you ever been a school teacher-I have?Lot’s of great teachers leave the teaching field due to working conditions, lack of parental support-respect  and low pay. Who wants to take on all of those loans to start out at a little over 30k? Your second sentence makes no sense. How does one find out they are bad teachers if they never teach?

        • Anonymous

           I was referring to the student teaching process when people find out they do not have what it takes to be a teacher.  I do not believe that everyone who leaves teaching are automatically bad teachers.  I was pointing out how bad teachers exit themselves out of the career routinely.  There is a reason so few teachers are dismissed publicly.  Most know and leave because they do not want to harm the students or are counselled out.

          • Guest

            A lot of young student teachers are soured by the person that has taken them on as a student teacher. At 22 one is not likely to know if they have what it takes. The average teacher lasts three years or in my case until I served on the contract committee.

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