More direction and feedback lead to improved teaching practices, which result in greater student achievement. We all know that, but do we have the tools (and time) to get it right?
The conversation surrounding teacher evaluations is undoubtedly a controversial one. The notion that a teacher’s effectiveness rating is tied directly to student performance on standardized tests has resulted in certain vacuous learning environments, ones that prioritize regurgitation of test materials over more creative approaches to learning. The Gates Foundation found that “two-thirds of American teachers feel that traditional observations don’t accurately capture the full picture of what they do in the classroom.”