Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Hunter Gehlbach: Teachers Should Be Evaluated Like Athletes: Here's Why

Hunter Gehlbach: Teachers Should Be Evaluated Like Athletes: Here's Why:

"With every bubble of knowledge that students darken using their #2 pencils, our nation increases its infatuation with measuring teachers' performance through students' standardized test scores. Despite the intuitive appeal of evaluating teachers based on student learning, heavy reliance on these indicators narrows our view of effective teaching in potentially damaging ways. Recently, the sports world has improved its assessment of athletic performance using advanced metrics and other accountability techniques. Learning from these advances will help us avoid firing good teachers and retaining lousy ones.
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