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Re: Re: Re: Re: How competent are public school principals at improving student achievement through teacher evaluation?

Posted By: Gil Compton on January 7, 2009
 
Joe:
Thanks for the detail. I agree with your position that the teacher is the key to student acheivement. My "slant" is that the principal is the key to teacher achievement and evaluation is the vehicle, much like standardized testing has been for student achievement. I have struggled with all of the literature out there on "value added" evaluation. It is noble and logical, but we all know that while the teacher is the key player, there are a number of additional factors that contribute to or detract from student achievement. The evluation process needs to serve two masters; (1) summative evaluation for tenure, etc. and (2) formative for improved performance.
Imagine what type of instructional enviornment we would have if teachers evaluated students in the same fashoin as principals evaluate teachers? I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s and lived the student life that produced the 1982 Nation at Risk report. We talk alot about leadership but our educational leaderhip training is lacking. I am working on taking the US Army Leadership Training Manual (FM 22-100)and developing an Educational Leadership Training Manual. More to follow. Are you interested in this topic?
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 How competent are public school principals at improving student achievement through teacher evaluation? by Gil Compton on January 5, 2009
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