ERIC Number: ED206741
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Teacher Personnel Policies: Equity, Validity, and Productivity.
The task of teacher personnel policies should be to get good teaching done with justice and economy. The current state of teacher personnel policies is that they are reasonably fair to teachers and extremely unfair to students, parents, and taxpayers. They protect all teachers, but they excessively protect the incompetent teacher. A system of strict performance evaluation must be developed that replaces the system of teacher evaluation based on classroom observations by an administrator. Such a new system would not make use of observations because they represent a small, unrepresentative sample from a biased observer. The new system would only use facts about the teacher that demonstrably bear on validated job requirements: (1) some estimate of the amount learned by the students; (2) a reliable judgement of its quality; and (3) a guarantee of the legitimacy of the teaching process. Teacher performance in the elementary grades would be measured by pre/post testing, and in the secondary grades by similar testing and/or student evaluations. Teachers who are consistently about two standard deviations off the norm would be subject to a warning and eventual dismissal. This system insures fair treatment and good teaching. (Author/APM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CEMREL, Inc., St. Louis, MO.
Note: Paper prepared for the Midwest Policy Seminar (St. Louis, MO, October 15-17, 1980). Seminar convened by Urban Education Program, CEMREL, Inc. For related documents, see UD 021 089, and UD 021 100-101.