How to fairly evaluate teachers based on student performance
One of the commenters (#10) in a previous post, discussed his experiences in RSD205 to simply point out that looking at the individual educational needs of each child is the only way to maximize their abilities. His suggestions also lead to a method to fairly evaluate teachers based on student performance, even though the students have different abilities.
Instead of focusing on the average test scores of the class, school or district, why not spend that energy comparing each student’s grades over the years? See if each individual child’s progression is satisfactory. THEN you can tell which teachers are getting the job done.
You can’t use any given year as a guide due to anomalies that will occur, but you could sure find trends pretty easily. The school already has all of the data for doing this – maybe they are already doing it and just not sharing the results?
I have never received feedback regarding my children’s test results year over year but it has been pretty easy to keep the records in our home – and very informative. How can this data not be provided by the school system?
This is not only an excellent suggestion for individual students to reach their full potential, as my post had suggested, but it would be an answer to the dilemma of how to fairly evaluate the teacher based on student performance.
Since students have different abilities and are at different levels of achievement upon arriving at their new class each year, the trend of each student’s yearly progress would provide an initial base to see if improvement for that student was made during the year.
The district could also assess the student’s achievement with respect to state standards. Each student’s annual performance improvement, regardless of the level at which they started the year, would be reviewed for teacher evaluation.
Since the district has spent millions upgrading their computer system recently - a data system analysis could be run on each individual student, providing a longitudinal feedback to the parents on their child’s year over year improvement, while providing subsequent teachers the student’s performance trend needed for assessment and evaluation.
That would be fair, don’t you think?