A new movement affecting public schools and many vendors that supply them is the radical rethinking of teacher evaluations. It’s a complex issue with both educational and political ramifications that go way beyond just issuing teachers “report cards” to quote some media references. Renaissance Learning has just published a policy brief I authored for them, entitled “Using Short-Cycle Interim Assessment to Improve Educator Evaluation, Educator Effectiveness, and Student Achievement.” This paper treats a narrow, though important, aspect of this issue. I’ll be posting some additional thoughts on the subject in the next few days but I hope this piece can start some thinking and dialog now.
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