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New Assessment of Teachers by Principals?

Grace Rubenstein Senior producer at Edutopia

To turn the idea of assessment around for a minute, check out this new model of assessing teachers that's been piloted in Pittsburgh: http://ow.ly/1pXgZ.

They were switching to a pay-for-performance model and wanted to base it on more than just student test scores. But to succeed they had to make their method of teacher evaluation more transparent, consistent and legitimate. So now it's based on 3 structured observations/discussions between principal and teacher each year. And there are specific standards laid out for what's expected.

What do you think? Would you find this to be a fair approach to use in your district? Would the feedback enhance your teaching?

Grace

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