Media: One Big Mistake Mars Excellent Post Evaluation Story
Lots of great stuff in today's Stephanie McCrummen story in the Washington Post about a real-life teacher evaluation process -- a glimpse into the meeting room we all wonder about and talk about so much but rarely get to see. You should definitely check it out. But be forewarned: a couple of sharp-eyed folks have noticed that the article mistakenly suggests teachers are the most influential factor in student learning. In reality they're the most imporant in-school factor, as I understand it. You know, family income and education level, parent involvement, all that other stuff plays a role, too. An honest mistake or just another sign of what Mike Klonsky calls the "poverty taboo" that's grown up around school reform over the last couple of years? No idea. Still well worth reading.