Currently, school administrators evaluate SCUCISD’s teachers once a year, but teachers such as Dawn Ryan argue that they should only be evaluated every three years.
I’ve never worked in a job with less than a yearly evaluation. Some were even quarterly. And that’s after proving that I actually produced what I was supposed to.
“I do not believe that appraisals hold teachers to higher accountability standards overall,” said Ryan, a teacher Schertz Elementary School. “I am accountable to the community, to the parents, to my students.”
I really don’t get this statement. Of course she’s accountable to the community, etc. but she’s also accountable to the organization that hired her, the school, which is the community’s representative. And what does that have to do with being evaluated? No matter how she’s evaluated, she’s still accountable to the same organizations.
I’m not dense. I know what she’s getting at is that one 45 minute observation a year is not a fair way to judge her abilities. (Okay, so one every three years would be–never mind.) And she believes that her students doing well in grades and passing the TAKS should be more important than any other evaluation system.
My problem is one: her expressed reasoning/logic is pathetic and will receive no sympathy from the rest of the world that is evaluated at least once a year. Her students are evaluated every six weeks! And two: teachers have been known to boost their student’s scores in inappropriate ways.
“The greatest benefit I can see for a less frequent PDAS is it frees up more precious time for our administrators.”
Uhmmm, yes, of course. They could use that time to interview the teacher’s students and their parents about her effectiveness, you know, the people she says she’s accountable to? But somehow, I don’t think that’s what she would consider a better way for administrators to spend their time.