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This House supports using student test scores for teacher evaluations

  • Dec 11, 2012 · 7:00 PM
  • Commonwealth Club - Boardroom

Many people say that the United States educational system is failing.  While the US spends more per pupil than any other western country, our students score much lower than their counterparts in Europe.

Some say teachers are to blame.  Because we don’t effectively measure the results we get from these public servants many of them are allowed to continue teaching poorly, safely keeping their jobs under a broken tenure system.  These bad teachers continue stunting the intellectual growth of multitude of students over the years which in turn has a negative impact on the overall achievement of future generations.

Some say parents are to blame.  If parents took more time with their kids teachers would have an easier job eliciting excitement in the classroom.

How do we get to the bottom of it?

As standardized tests are the official mode of observation in terms of output among the teacher class it can be argued that we should use a model in which teachers are responsible for their own outcomes.  If we tied teacher evaluations to student test scores then we would have an easier time eliminating bad teachers and hiring good teachers.

Some argue, however, that standardized tests don’t tell the whole story.  There are things which take place in the classroom that can’t be measured by a multiple choice question.  Using these scores to determine whether or not a teacher keeps his/her job is unfair and lacks economic precision.

References :

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/17/opinion/in-search-of-excellent-teaching.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120917&_r=0

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene-robinson-standing-up-for-teachers/2012/09/17/ad3ee650-00fd-11e2-b257-e1c2b3548a4a_story.html

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/b-cs-chicago-teacher-strike-evaluation-system-looms-201903517.html

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  • Afshan K.

    Good Debate. Nice to meet everyone!

    December 11, 2012

  • Jeff G

    Stop with the soapbox already. This is what the discussion boards are for v

    December 11, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Nope. I'm invited to "join the conversation", "share something", or "leave a comment". And I'll keep doing it if the spirit moves me.

      December 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn, I really would've liked to go to this debate. Looks like a real barn burner. To bad I have a previous engagement. :( Have a great debate!

    December 7, 2012

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