Teacher evaluation panel audio segment: Education Writers Association national seminar

Teacher evaluation panel audio segment: Education Writers Association national seminar
From left to right: Ray Salazar, David Steele, Linda Darling-Hammond, Dale Mezzacappa at the EWA National Seminar 2013 Photo Credit: Samantha Hernandez

Click on the clip above to listen to an audio excerpt from the Education Writers Association National Seminar panel on teacher evaluation May 3, 2013.

Panel: K-12–Teacher Evaluation: Seeking Common Ground

Few areas of education policy and practice are evolving as rapidly as teacher evaluation. Moving beyond a Lake Wobegon world where all teachers are perfunctorily rated above average is seen as a linchpin in the strategy to improve student learning by enhancing teacher effectiveness.

But what are the best ways to draw an accurate picture of a teacher’s performance?

Moderator: Dale Mezzacappa, Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford Graduate School of Education
David Steele, Hillsborough County School District, Fla.
Ray Salazar, The White Rhino: A Chicago Latino English Teacher

The audio segment begins with the statement by me and then includes some of the Q&A session.  Some of the topics that are discussed include:

  • Value added measures: tests that are used to measure student growth or progress
  • The Danielson Framework for teacher evaluation: Thumbs up?  Thumbs down?
  • Peer Reviews
  • Student Learning Objectives [or performance assessments] as alternatives to value added measures.
  • The roles of and risks with value added measures

Join the conversation after listening to the audio clip.  You don’t have to be a teacher to post a comment:

  1. What’s best for students and manageable for teachers?
  2. Should students’ evaluations of teachers be taken into account?
  3. What’s your response to my students’ definitions of good and bad teachers?
  4. I argue that good teachers help students heal and transcend their circumstances through academic work and social-emotional support.  Do you agree or disagree?
  5. How would you have responded to the education reporters’ questions?

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