Beyond Ratings: Re-envisioning State Teacher Evaluation Systems as Tools for Professional Growth
To date, most of the public narrative and pushback on new teacher evaluation systems has centered around their use for high-stakes personnel decisions such as pay, promotion, and dismissal. But these systems were always intended to promote and support improvements for all teachers—not just the superstars or laggards. Why is teacher development still missing from the public narrative on—and most teachers’ daily experience of—evaluation? In a new report, “Beyond Ratings: Re-envisioning State Teacher Evaluation Systems as Tools for Professional Growth,” New America digs deeper into this question.