ERIC Number: ED203435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Legal Aspects of Evaluating Teacher Performance.
Beckham, Joseph C.
Chapter 14 in a book on school law concerns the legal aspects of evaluating teacher performance. Careful analysis of recent decisions makes it clear the courts will compel uniform standards and unprecedented rigor in teacher evaluation practices. Particularly in the consideration of equitable standards, state and federal courts are relying on court mandates requiring uniformity in the application of procedural safeguards and substantial direct evidence of inadequate teacher performance prior to implementation of the employment decision. Constitutional considerations play a significant role in employment decision-making bearing on substantive and procedural standards. The primary constitutional and statutory provisions governing issues of employment discrimination in the evaluation process focus on the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Guidelines for teacher evaluation policies emphasize the importance of procedural safeguards and substantive criteria in the evaluation process as extrapolated from the existing case law. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Due Process, Employment Practices, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Guidelines, Job Performance, Public Schools, School Districts, Teacher Dismissal, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Employment, Teacher Evaluation
Not available separately; see EA 013 472.
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Identifiers: Civil Rights Act 1964 Title VII
Note: Chapter 14 of "School Law for a New Decade" (EA 013 472). For related documents, see EA 013 472-493.