Teacher Evaluation

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To the union, teacher evaluation is primarily a professional activity, geared to improving teaching and student outcomes. The best evaluators, in our view, are colleagues who engage in a collaborative process of reviewing student work, improving lessons and fine-tuning instruction. Master teachers and mentors emerge from this process, while novice or struggling teachers are helped to grow. The measures of teacher success are well-educated students fully prepared for college and meaningful work.

When high-stakes decisions, such as teacher pay, tenure or dismissal, are attached to evaluations, the union’s priorities are to ensure professionalism, fairness and due process. We insist that evaluations use multiple measures, including structured observations and assessments of teaching skills. We have fought to limit the use of standardized test scores in evaluation.

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