Let parents and students grade teachers
Maryland isn't the only state to promise that 50 percent of teachers' evaluations will be linked to student growth. A story in the Atlanta Constitution last week points out that Georgia too is now struggling with how to make the details work. One of the largest issues looming is how to judge student growth for teachers who don't teach tested areas. According to the Atlanta Constitution, 60 percent of an evaluation for those teachers in Georgia would be based on observations and walk throughs while the remainder would come from student and parent surveys. Wow. Is this an interesting idea? Most students really do know who the best teachers in their school are, don't they? If a parent or a student made a list of the top 10 teachers in their school, wouldn't it match pretty closely with the list provided by the principal? Anyone willing to do that test?
What do teachers think about this idea? Would you rather be judged by your students or their test scores?