They're Revamping Teacher Evaluation

While everyone else is distracted by other things going on around town, folks in Springfield and elsewhere are doing something that could have more impact on CPS than anything else:  figuring out how to measure teacher impact and revamp teacher evaluation.  That's the helpful reminder from Jim Broadway at SSNS in his latest PDF update (Council seeks input on evaluations):  "Whole new systems of educator evaluation are to be phased in for all school districts between 2012 and 2016. If you have suggestions as to answers to the questions posed above - or any others that may occur to you - you'll need to offer them soon."  There's a series of meetings around the state this week including Waukegan and Elgin (see here) .  The panel charged with doing this work will then submit recommendations to the state in October, followed by public comment period.  Next fall, Broadway tells us, everyone in the state and 300 of CPS schools will have to start implementing the new system -- principals first, then teachers, then (in 2015) the measures will be linked to teacher evaluations.  I'm not saying all that happens on time or as currently anticipated, but I'm guessing some of it will and wondering if anyone is paying attention.


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  • I know that Huberman worked extensively in putting in place a performance based system and I imagine this new teacher evaluation will be definitely based on performance. Actually, CPS principals were told this year that their jobs will based on performance. I was looking into other school districts and found that Missouri has had a performance based teacher evaluation system. Check it out at:

  • - Yes, education coverage at BEZ is lousy. They don't realize it however. If it were getting at the truth of CPS, then I'd donate in a red-hot minute.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    To George N. Schmidt,

    Agreed - I never pledge to WBEZ primarily because of their biased public school coverage…they sold out to their corporate 'underwriters' a long while back…and by the way, they've been reporting 'feel good charter' themes for more than a few years, not just the last.

  • You know that Broad academy, or whatever entity it is, had been funding BEW?

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Did you mean Barbara Eason Watkins, or the radio station?

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    i'm playing catch-up here but the decision was announced by lutton early last month -- i'll add more to this new post about the decision to get rid of the cheat sheet show as i hear back from WBEZ

  • In reply to Anonymous:


  • The first thing to be done is to acknowledge the work done by real pros in the field, get real, trained economists on board, and open the inferential stats/formulas to peer review. Stat models have been highly unreliable and often lead to incorrect inferences, which negatively impact learning by causing incorrect decisions in which people are highly confident. Teacher impact erodes over time, but does last well into the next year, meaning that a teacher's outcomes are heavily dependent upon factors outside of his control. I'm sure you can think of many other factors which make the data less reliable.

  • It seems that this Chicago phenomenon of "principal Accountability" will fly in the face of the LSCs and how they check a principal's authority. What is the principal's role in merit pay for teachers. I can think of four ways to objectify teacher performance:

    Do they come to work frequently and when they're absent are there adequate plans made?

    Is their grade book record current? Each week should have approx. 2-3 entries based on a "rubricked" grade and a modeled completion.

    Are the lesson plans submitted, legible, and, being enacted when I visit the classroom?

    Four tangible measure-able objective criteria that are not, in my opinion, given enough weight by either the CPS or the CTU as grounds for promotion or dismissal.

  • "Folks in Springfield and elsewhere are doing something that could have more impact on CPS than anything else"

    Well, not really.

    Despite the fact that CPS' Rachel Resnick and CTUs' Carol Caref are on the 32-member Performance Evaluation Advisory Council, that council will have little bearing on what CPS does.

    The PERA law says that ISBE will develop a "default" plan that school districts will have to use if they cannot reach an agreement with their labor unions on how to evaluate teachers. CPS, however, won't be subject to the default plan.

    That's because if CPS and CTU cannot reach a deal, then CPS gets to impose its own plan. CPS has no incentive to bargain with CTU because they can have their own way.

    Furthermore, unlike the rest of the state, which must include measures of student growth as 50% of the teacher evaluation, CPS may choose to make such measures 100% if they so desire.

    It's going to be a very scary next couple of years.

  • Performance evaluations of what? How well you suck up to the local school council? How attractive you make your classroom? How well you get along with the payroll clerk who is married to the ineffective departmental science teacher?

    Student growth measures? Come on! It was only a few days ago that Stuart Luppescu and the University of Chicago released a study that contradicted 20 years of bogus Chicago Public School testing data!

    CPS was just exposed for fraudulently inflating the 'growth' effects of their damaging practices and policies; they told us the 'achievement gap' was narrowing and all the while it was widening…20 years and nobody seemed to notice!…a few people noticed and they were ignored, marginalized…only a few days after the release of this study, a study that made newspaper front page, and the lesson has already been forgotten.

    Performance evaluations will be what they have always been, a popularity contest. I don't care how much 'objectivity' they build into the measure, tool, rubric, whatever…teachers will be evaluated as they have always been, by how much they cost and by how much the evaluator likes or dislikes them.

    And by the way - does anybody know the price for developing this new piece of junk measuring tool? Maybe in 20 years the Consortium on Chicago School Research, the University of Chicago and the CCSR Steering Committee can tell us how many lives and careers were destroyed.

  • In reply to Anonymous:


    I am sure that will influence the evaluation in a lot of places. But in all the
    CPS schools where I taught it will be secondary to the reality of clout.
    Clout in CPS has historically been a factor, although not always In the classical
    sense. In bygone days clouted teachers came from political sponsors and board
    of education sponsors. Starting after the LSC law created them, they began to
    have an influence on employment. The dam broke in 1995 when the school system
    became a whole new world of opportunity for those who know somebody.
    This is especially true in any position that does not require dealing with kids.
    And that pay a good salary. In a lot of “Good” schools teachers are not immune
    To this Chicago situation that is why there are so many super teachers in the “ Bad”
    Schools they are true professional educators not recession kids or the alderman’s
    Sister in law.

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