Evaluation Systems Based On Multiple Measures

1140 WordsApr 23, 20175 Pages
Like all professionals, teachers want, need and deserve evaluation processes that accurately identify their strengths as well as areas in which they need to improve. Teachers want to know more than just whether the job they are doing is satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Richer evaluation systems based on multiple measures will do just that. According to a report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2011), states, districts, and schools all across the United States are busy developing or implementing teacher evaluation systems. One can trace this flood of activity to a variety of reports and initiatives that highlight two shortcomings of past efforts: (1) Teacher evaluation systems have not accurately measured teacher quality (2)…show more content…
It is important that during an evaluation, the teacher is able to provide clear lesson objectives, demonstrate their understanding of the students’ background and demonstrate expertise of material being taught. Furthermore, during the preconference, multiple delivery mechanisms for the content, and a plan to maintain an effective pace that uses engaging strategies would be discussed and expectedly presentable during an observation. The performance category would be evaluated on those items that a teacher might not have necessarily planned to use in a given lesson or on a given day but that he or she must be prepared to use on a regular basis. These observable strategies fall into four subcategories: (1) Engaging students (2) Implementation of rules and procedures (3) Student/teacher rapport (4) Relationships with all stakeholders by using strategies that communicate high and equitable expectations for all students. This specific category would be observed through an evaluation but also discussed during the post conference and reflection stage of the evaluation process. Evidence for some subcategories would be requested in order to provide concrete evidence of success. I believe the previous elements represent the diversity of strategies that a comprehensive model of teacher evaluation should include. Even though the previous categories would thoroughly cover the
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