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Old 10-06-2012, 08:57   #71
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Originally Posted by certifiedfunds View Post
Yet every time objective standards are imposed on teachers they object.

You know the saying.....if you can't measure it you can't improve it.
Success in evaluating educators comes in hybrid form.

1. Define the right outcomes
2. Define the best practices that generate those outcomes
3. Evaluate based on the adherence to best practices

This is a bit backward from what you and I are used to in sales, because ultimately our number is what gets us paid. In teaching, it doesn't work like that for the reasons I mentioned above. In teaching, using statistically-proven best practices is much more likely to generate improvements than creating incentives purely focused on the end-state objective.

You cannot set arbitrary values to learning. Saying, "Every student must improve his/her Math scores by 10% this academic year," is unfair to the students and the teachers. Not all students have that bandwidth. You're setting them both up to fail.

Have you ever taken the time to read through your state standards for education in primary or secondary schools? They're published on your state's DoE website.

It may be worth your time.
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