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Constructive criticism on evals from Teaching Matters

Lynette Guastaferro, executive director of the nonprofit Teaching Matters, offers this constructive criticism about the city’s new teacher evaluation system, per a press release: 

Many great teachers are feeling threatened by the changes to come – but the plan holds opportunities as well. We believe these are some of the important practices that should be followed:

  • Include content experts in observations
  • Ask the strongest teachers to volunteer first for feedback from peers
  • Limit the number of indicators assessed in each observation
  • Use evaluation results to help target the right professional support for teachers