Should Students Grade their Teachers?

Some educators suggest student surveys should be part of teacher-effectiveness evaluations

With all the debate in New Jersey and elsewhere about evaluating teachers on how well their students perform, another idea is starting to surface that could prove equally provocative: judging teachers by what their students think of them.

One of the options available to New Jersey school districts as they build teacher evaluation systems is including student surveys among the “multiple measures” of student achievement. The idea is gaining popularity, at least among policy-makers.

Several districts that have been part of the pilot program testing evaluation models have included or plan to include student surveys, although not necessarily as part of a teacher's grade.

In Alexandria, for instance, teachers survey their students and are required to employ the results in developing self-evaluations and professional goals.

Still, those surveys are not part of the evaluations themselves, and one principal said that’s where it could get problematic.

“I’m not sure that children have enough knowledge about pedagogy to evaluate teachers,” said David Pawlowski, principal of the Alexandria Middle School. “That gets into a tricky area.”

The idea is gaining traction nationally, however, with the release this week of the final report of the massive Measures for Effective Teaching (MET) research project conducted by the Bill & Belinda Gates Foundation, which looked at a variety of ways of evaluating teachers.

In preliminary findings released over the past few years, the MET study suggested both student achievement and classroom observation be given strong weight in judging the effectiveness of teachers. It’s a common refrain in school reform circles and a centerpiece of teacher evaluation systems in dozens of states, including New Jersey.

Read more at NJSpotlight.com



John Santaella January 10, 2013 at 05:57 PM
And children should eat anything they want when they want. After all it's their body.
zizi January 10, 2013 at 07:10 PM
@John: Well said....
shimon baum January 10, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Do the students want to pay the taxes that the rest of us have to pay for their education too? That would really help a lot of us out. After all it is their education.
John Santaella January 10, 2013 at 08:43 PM
zizi January 11, 2013 at 02:13 PM
@Shimon: ;)


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