A swath of teacher-authored letters in The New York Times recently lamented the reliance on standardized testing as a guiding force behind quality educational outcomes.
No doubt, as one teacher put it: “If I must be judged on scores, and not on my ability to inspire students to love learning, to love literature and learn about life from it, and to find their writer’s voice, it’s a sad day for all of us.”
Parents have known the truth for ages: Classroom teachers help determine student success.
So, what’s fair in measuring teacher performance? What matrix and weight should be assessed to grades, standardized test scores, district-issued and peer evaluations?