Monday, September 02, 2013

Spinning Up the Reform Centrifuge

Michelle McNeil:

States getting a waiver renewal must also continue implementing new teacher-evaluation systems by the 2014-15 school year—but the waiver renewals would take these requirements a step further. States must, by October 2015, use teacher-evaluation data to ensure that poor and minority students are not taught by ineffective teachers at a higher rate than their peers. This issue of teacher distribution is a very important one to civil rights groups.

Of course, if teacher evaluation systems disadvantage teachers of poor and minority students -- as is extremely likely that they do but inherently unprovable -- this will just quicken the death spiral of urban school districts. I doubt that a system that does not discriminate against teachers of high poverty students is politically viable. And, of course, this will not affect charters.

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