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Chapter 4: Ensuring Effective Teachers: Evaluation as a Measure of Effectiveness and a Guide for Professional Growth

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Ensuring Effective Teachers: Evaluation as a Measure of Effectiveness and a Guide for Professional Growth
Ensuring effective teachers: Evaluation as a measure of effectiveness and a guide for professional growth

As I began working on this chapter, Chicago Public Schools teachers were on strike. While disagreement over class size, salaries, school closings, and more led to the strike, the proposed teacher evaluation system was the Chicago Teachers Union's main concern.

Objecting to the heavy reliance on student standardized test scores, the union declared

There is no way to measure the effectiveness of an educator. Further, there are too many factors beyond our control which impact how well some students perform on standardized tests, such as poverty, exposure to violence, homelessness, hunger and other social issues beyond our ...

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