a strong proponent of teacher accountability. I’ve advocated for ending tenure and other rules that get in the way of holding educators responsible for the achievement of their students. Indeed, the teachers in my schools —Harlem Village Academies— all work with employment-at-will contracts because we believe accountability is an underlying prerequisite to running an effective school. The problem is that, unlike charters, most schools are prohibited by law from holding teachers accountable at all.Her problem, then, isn’t that teachers’ job security will be at the mercy of the swings and arrows of unreliable data produced by standardized tests. It’s that “having the government evaluate individual teachers…is a terrible idea that undermines principals and is demeaning to teachers.”
Some of the new government proposals for evaluating teachers, with their checklists, rankings and ratings, have been described as businesslike, but that is just not true. Successful companies do not publicly rate thousands of employees from a central office database; they don’t use systems to take the place of human judgment. They trust their managers to nurture and build great teams, then hold the managers accountable for results.Which government proposals? Can we have an example, please? Many states are proposing the use of student growth in rating teacher effectiveness. But I don’t know of one that delegates that use of data to some matrix-like central headquarters. In New Jersey, for example, the new teacher and principal tenure reform bill is intended to empower principals (who also are subject to new, more rigorous evaluations) by giving them more authority and its requisite corollary, accountability, which is exactly what Kenny is promoting.
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