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ERIC Number: ED521071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Building Teacher Evaluation Systems: Learning from Leading Efforts
Aspen Institute
School systems across the country are working hard to fix broken teacher evaluation systems. This work offers the promise of regular, meaningful assessment of teacher performance. While this represents a significant advance, it is one part of a bigger picture: a teacher performance management system that links accountability, support, ongoing feedback, compensation, and career advancement. As school systems develop better evaluations, they will be best served if they approach this work with the other components of performance management in mind. Better systems--and better results--will be realized if these questions are considered and addressed prior to design and implementation of new teacher evaluation systems: (1) What level of specificity and conformity are teachers trying to create through their teaching standards?; (2) How do teachers balance high-stakes accountability with ongoing support and feedback that are essential for improvement?; (3) How will teachers be engaged to build ownership of teacher evaluation and performance management?; (4) How will the system's teaching and learning infrastructure need to evolve to support implementation of the teaching standards?; and (5) How will the system need to function differently to implement a robust performance management system and how will the district build this capacity? (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aspen Institute