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Classroom observations — one of the most widely-used forms of teacher evaluation — might be setting teachers up to fail


Teachers might be at a disadvantage during classroom observation of their instructional practice, which is one of the most widely-used tools for high-stakes job performance evaluations. And whether or not students have a history of high classroom achievement could be the reason why.
Research from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) indicates that evaluations based on observing teachers in the classroom often fail to meaningfully assess teacher performance.
The study, published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, adds to the ongoing policy debate over when and how teachers should be evaluated.
Researchers Matthew Steinberg, from Penn GSE, and Rachel Garrett, from AIR, found that students’ prior academic achievement is a significant predictor of teacher success in the high-stakes evaluation system.
“When information about teacher performance does not reflect a teacher’s practice, but rather the students to whom the teacher is assigned, such systems are at risk of misidentifying and mislabeling teacher performance,” Steinberg and Garrett wrote.

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  1. I believe that classroom observations help us provide technical assistance . It is not the only way to assess teacher performance. The achievement of their pupils best reflect the teacher's achievement.

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  2. all of us are entitled for our opinions.

    I agree to the results of the study..it has credibility compared to the opinions of some..

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  3. The result of the study I believe is not inclusive to all countries. Better, there is a need to look the context of that research. Particularly in our country, classroom observations rather assist teachers to perform better. Observations are meant to further acknowledge good performance and encourage teachers to explore new engaging classroom teachers. It is not intended to harm and humiliate. I conducted my dissertation in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea (countries included in the top 5 world rankings) just recently, all of them use classroom observation to evaluate teachers performance.

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  4. It hurts if the observer is focused only on the mistakes of the teacher being observed. Honestly speaking there are still some who observe just to embarass at find mistakes of the teachers. Some would even even observe and insist of their traditional way of teaching.

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  5. It hurts if the observer is focused only on the mistakes of the teacher being observed. Honestly speaking there are still some who observe just to embarass at find mistakes of the teachers. Some would even even observe and insist of their traditional way of teaching.

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  6. I absolutely agree with my obeserver before but I take it as positive (in positively way) so that my teaching performance was not affected.

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  7. yes,it hurts specially if the observer doesnt like the teacher or if the observer is subjective. In my case i waa demoralized.

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