Linking Teacher Evaluation and Student Learning

Linking Teacher Evaluation and Student Learning

Linking Teacher Evaluation and Student Learning

Linking Teacher Evaluation and Student Learning

Synopsis

In Linking Teacher Evaluation and Student Learning, researchers Pamela D. Tucker and James H. Stronge show that including measures of student achievement in teacher evaluations can help schools focus their efforts to meet higher standards. You'll see how four school systems have built such measures into their evaluation programs in these distinct ways:? Documenting how desired learning outcomes translated into actual student learning? Tracking progress on key content standards? Setting annual quantifiable goals for students' academic progress? Analyzing changes in students' achievement test scoresThe authors explore the strengths of each approach, offer insights from teachers and administrators, and describe practical ways to incorporate similar measures of student learning into your own evaluation program. Detailed appendixes provide hands-on tools and resources to help you adapt these approaches to your school's particular needs. For any school that is working to meet higher standards, linking teacher evaluation to measures of student learning is a powerful way to refocus professional development and improve student achievement.

Excerpt

This is the value of the teacher, who looks at a face and says there's
something behind that and I want to reach that person, I want to
influence that person, I want to encourage that peirson, I want to
enrich, I want to call out that peirson who is behind that face, behind
that color, behind that language, behind that tradition, behind that
culture. I believe you can do it. I know what was done for me.

—Maya Angelou

The transformative power of an effective teacher is something almost all of us have experienced and understand on a personal level. If we were particularly fortunate, we had numerous exceptional teachers who made school an exciting and interesting place. Those teachers possessed a passion for the subjects that they taught and genuine care for the students with whom they worked. They inspired us to play with ideas, think deeply about the subject matter, take on more challenging work, and even pursue careers in a particular field of study. Some exceptional teachers achieve celebrity status . . .

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