ERIC Number: ED159812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating Teacher Performance. ERS Report.
Kowalski, Joan P. Sullivan
Evaluating teaching performance in a consistent, objective, and meaningful way is of particular importance in meeting today's demands for accountability. This report summarizes current practices of evaluating teacher performance in 362 school systems throughout the nation. The survey indicated that 97.9 percent of respondents conduct some type of formal teacher evaluation. School districts differ in many aspects of teacher evaluation including purposes of evaluation, frequency, participants, criteria, guidelines for the written report, rights of teachers regarding results, and uses of the results. Primary responsibility for formally evaluating individual classroom teachers in the school districts is undertaken by principals in 92.5 percent of the elementary schools, 86.7 percent of the junior high schools, and 81.9 percent of the senior high schools. Evaluation instruments submitted indicate that school districts seek evidence of the quality of classroom teaching performance and use some or all of the following characteristics as part of the criteria: classroom management and procedures, teacher/pupil relationships, staff relationships, and professional attributes. Also included in the report are a review of educational literature regarding teacher evaluation, examples of teacher evaluation forms and procedures, uses of the evaluation results, and examples of materials that have been helpful to evaluators. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Performance, Summative Evaluation, Surveys, Teacher Evaluation
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.