Evaluations Present Philosophical and Logistical Challenges

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In more than a dozen states, new teacher evaluation requirements are presenting philosophical and logistical challenges, reports the New York Times in last week’s most-clicked ASCD SmartBrief story.

For example, in Nashville, teachers are redesigning lessons to square with evaluation criteria regardless of whether it is the best way to teach. Principals, in turn, are taking on huge amounts of administrative work to annually evaluate each teacher four to six times, on an up to 116-point rubric.

Some say these growing pains are part of an overall improvement process that will take time, while others describe new teacher evaluation mandates as a race to “unwavering commitment to unproven practices.”

What’s your impression of teacher evaluation practices in your state?