Reflections after last night’s educator evaluation committee meeting

Interesting perspective from a former Delaware DOE employee.

Urgency of Now

Imagine an evaluation system for teachers where a teacher is considered “Effective” after earning “Needs Improvement” ratings on both of their measures of student learning AND on each of the following criteria:managing student behavior, creating an environment to support learning, engaging students in learning, demonstrating flexibility and responsiveness, and using questioning techniques.

Most casual observers would consider this to be a pretty weak appraisal system. Or at least, they’d understand this is not a system designed to give anyone accurate feedback or recognize differences in teaching quality. Perhaps they’d ask how such a system came to be and what were the designers of the system thinking.

If you want to understand how things like this happen in our education system, you can start with a review of the recommendations approved at last night’s DPAS-II Subcommittee meeting. This committee was created by House Joint Resolution #6and is required…

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