Guest blogger Rick Beach, president of the San Diego Science Alliance, is taking on the topic of how to measure teacher performance. You might remember that a few bloggers debated this issue last month. We’re continuing this conversation with Beach, who questions whether test scores are the right way to gauge teaching.
These are his views, not mine, so if you have comments, questions or counterarguments, please post them directly to the blog or e-mail Rick directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to tell him if he can use your name to respond to your points in a blog post. And if you have a different view and want to blog on this topic, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
We all know that teachers matter. Most of us have memories of a teacher that made a difference. We want our children to have more teachers that make a difference.
But how do we measure that difference?
How Many Teachers Do You Know?
Within a school of 500, there are about 20 teachers. Within a district of 5,000 there are about 200 teachers. Within San Diego County of 500,000 students, there are more than 20,000 teachers.