Sunday, November 27, 2011

A clearer picture

 Here's an editorial in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, which cites the DFER report:

Better student performance depends in large part on more-effective teaching, and a key to achieving that is in improving the way teachers are evaluated and compensated. Efforts are under way in Ohio to do that, but some important pieces of the puzzle have to be filled in.

…And eventually, those evaluations should factor into decisions such as promotions, placement of teachers and principals in schools, tenure, firings and budget-related layoffs.

Ohio got low marks from a group called Democrats for Education Reform because teachers' performance evaluations generally aren't a part of such critical decisions.

But that's a matter of teachers union contracts as much as educational policy. In future contract negotiations, school boards should demand the right to make the personnel decisions that will serve students best, rather than agreeing to be bound largely by who has been employed the longest and earned the most education credentials.


A clearer picture

To improve education, Ohio needs comprehensive teacher evaluation

Columbus Dispatch editorial

Saturday November 19, 2011 6:10 AM

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