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September 8, 2014 at 6:13 AM

Teacher evaluations: Washington ahead of rest of country

There is zero evidence that requiring the use of state test scores in teacher evaluations helps either teachers or their students [“How to set up evaluations that help teachers improve,” Education Lab, Sept. 3]. Seattle schools and others already have rigorous new teacher evaluations systems. State law allows districts like Seattle to determine how (and if) to use state test scores in evaluations. The $40 million in federal waiver money is not lost, but is put aside for tutoring.

Teacher evaluation in Washington has changed dramatically in recent years. It requires the use of truly measurable student growth, between two points in time, not the use of ideologically driven fantasies. Standardized tests do not measure student growth in a way that can be attributed to a specific teacher. Standardized tests do not measure teacher effectiveness. Washington teachers are already measuring student learning. On teacher evaluation Washington is miles ahead of the rest of the country.

Jonathan Knapp,
Seattle Education Association president

Comments | Topics: education, standardized, Teacher evaluations

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