Huberman Blinks On Teacher Evaluation [upd]

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I'm getting word that CPS has decided to dump the pilot teacher evaluation program (aka ETP) that was recently the subject of so much good press (see last month's blog post and discussion here*) and replace it with some sort of checklist (possibly the one used in DC).  Costs and complexity may have had something to do with it -- and perhaps pushback from teacher advocates who didn't like the idea of unsatisfactory ratings going up from nothing to nearly 10 percent.  So count this as a win for teachers, I guess, and a loss for reform groups and outside funders who'd pushed the Danielson thing hard.  And of course, for Huberman, who looks weak and panicked at a time when he needs to look steady and strong.   *Corrected link -- sorry about that.

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  • the easiest way I have learned to understand what is the truth and what is fiction from Huberman is one simple rule:

    When Ron Huberman opens his mouth it is a lie.

    John Kugler
    kuglerjohn@comcast.net

    [edited for length - please don't copy and paste more than necessary into comments]

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  • let's keep this on topic, folks -- what do you think of the new or old teacher evaluation system, and the possibility that huberman is backing off the new?

    here's the correct link, btw

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/district-299/2010/06/is-the-new-teacher-eval-form-any-better-than-the-old.html

  • I agree that dumping the new evaluation system is a win for the teachers but I think it is because it was a bad program. I would love to see a system where teachers evaluated teachers instead of the one that currently exists.

  • Without knowing exactly how the dropped pilot system worked, I can't comment on it. Though why would it cost so much that it needed to be dropped is beyond me. Unless of course there was a consultant contract that went with it. Or did Huberman fire the very people who were doing the training and now no one left even understands it?

    As for the 'some sort of check list' we already have that. It's a two page list.

  • Only once or twice in my 10 year career was I visited unannounced. I guess I was a PAT at the time. This to me can increase the objectivity in evaluating a teacher. Especially if the unannounced visit comes on a consecutive "sick" day for an employee.

    Once I was caught not doing my homework, I hope it never happens again.

    1) Are there lesson plans posted? Have they been uploaded to First Class? (Principals should be checking these uploads at least once or twice a week)

    2) Is the gradebook up to date and containing the appropriate number of assignments? This too can be checked from the comfort of the Principal's office. (admittedly, I am in violation here, since I loathe this program and preferred written report cards)

    If either of these is "no" - maybe a three strikes policy? Sure it sucks to live in fear but it also sucks to work down the hall from teachers who suck.

    These two things are pretty YES/NO cut and dry qualifications. Seems to me it might do CORE some good to endorse something like this while at the same time holding firm with pay issues.

  • How do principals stay in an administrative position without observing their teachers? Do they just falsify the records? I seem to remember having to sign each and every pre/post observation sheet. Does that not happen in other schools? Why aren't teachers complaining---are they afraid of the principals?
    What a crappy system. No wonder all my friends send their kids to private schools (not that most are any better, the parents just don't know what is truly going on!).

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