ERIC Number: ED276097
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Ellis, Thomas I.
Research Roundup, v2 n2 Apr 1986
Included in this summary analysis of three journal articles and two documents on teacher evaluation are reports that touch on difficulties facing school officials in developing a teacher evaluation system and suggestions for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of an evaluation system. The first article, by Susan S. Stodolsky, challenges evaluation methods that rely on classroom observation alone and emphasizes the importance on the entire instructional context. The second, a document written by Rand Corporation researchers, concludes from a study of four exemplary school districts that the teacher evaluation process is inseparable from the school district's larger organizational context. The three remaining selections focus on practical aspects of implementing a teacher evaluation system. In his guide, Thomas L. McGreal identifies nine "commonalities" of effective systems that support his conviction that evaluation should help, rather than judge, teachers. Taking the position that some form of summative evaluation is nonetheless needed for making personnel decisions, James Raths and Hallie Preskill offer recommendations to guide administrators through the task of teaching staff assessment. Because of the potential legal implications brought with any personnel decision, the final selection by Donovan Peterson provides guidelines for ensuring that a teacher evaluation system will withstand judicial scrutiny. (CJH)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Concurrent Validity, Cooperative Planning, Decision Making, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Practices, Evaluation Methods, Instructional Improvement, Legal Responsibility, Organizational Climate, Performance Factors, Personnel Policy, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Supervision
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Collected Works - Serials; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.