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Teacher performance assessments

Posted By: David Kraus on July 25, 2004
Was lucky to spend 20 years in business, and teaching at the same time. I was drafted during the Korean "police action" while still a Candadian, couldn't qualify for Secret Clearance but still was head of a battalion NCO school and did other instruction when not on manouvers in Germany.

Was principal of a Hebrew school in Gary,
Indiana when drafted with a BA and high-school teacher's license for secondary English and German.
After my hitch in the Army I took advantage of the GI Bill and got a Master's degree in school administration.

After twenty years of businesses, it was time to be a Rabbi and serve small deserving congregations. This lasted for 20 more years before retirement.

The point of showing a history is that one of the first requirements in business is learning "efficiency." One cannot blame the worker or the machine without examining them in essentially the same time frame. As far as I know now, no one else has taken this approach in teacher evaluation, in as much to say, who is at fault in a non learning situation, the teacher or the student, and to do so OBJECTIVELY. I've seen many teacher evaluation tests, but non measure what actually happens between every student and every teacher.

I've only met one or two administrators who understood this problem. Many administrators, especially if they have a PHD, think they have all the answers. They will argue that having a business background doesn't compare with being a school "boss."

In 1976 I copyrighted a school efficiency system to objectively analyze teacher/student results over time.
One junior high school principal remarked, "after reevaluating several teachers with KSSEA, those teachers had a different persona."

I'm retired now, but still enjoy giving lectures on all kinds of subjects. I started my career at age 12, 62 years ago, when I helped my father, also a rabbi, teach some of his difficult students.

Sorry for the lengthy response, but until someone measures efficiency objectively as outlined in KSSEA, school systems will generally be Humpty Dumptys.

With all due respect for the profession


Rabbi David Kraus


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