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Grading Schools and Teachers Isn't the Answer, It's the Problem

Liz Dwyer

If schools and teachers are graded, we should be able to tell the "good" ones from the "bad" ones, right? After spending a year in a Texas high school former NY Times reporter Michael Brick says not so fast. "I came to understand the dangers of judging teachers primarily on standardized test scores. Raw numbers don’t begin to capture what happens in the classroom. And when we reward and punish teachers based on such artificial measures, there is too often an unintended consequence for our kids.

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  • Joe Hewitt

    How do you think we should evaluate teachers and schools? The example discussed in the article was a school that was facing a closure order. That type of threat provides a lot of motivation for teachers, students, and parents. What about schools that are not under that pressure? Outside of test scores, what other options do you think should be leveraged for evaluation of what makes a good or poor teacher or school?