Teacher Evaluations Sparking Chicago Protest Also Used In Shelby Co.

(Memphis) School board members say Memphis and Shelby County could learn a lesson from what`s going on in Chicago and should include teachers when it comes to how they will be evaluated.

The unified board has less than a year to finalize a plan and members says they want to keep an open dialogue with teachers to prevent a similar situation here.

Unified board member Kevin Woods says both systems have similar evaluations and the board will have to approve one consolidated plan by next August, “Those evaluations can have an impact on whether a teacher stays within the school system.”

Woods says elevations will come from standardized test scores, and peer and student evaluations.

That’s part of the controversy in Chicago.

“A lot of study went into the notion of students giving feedback and who`s more equipped to know what`s going on in the classroom than a student,” said Woods.

Woods saids under the plans, teachers are scored on a zero through five point basis.

They can be fired or required to go through further training based on the outcome of the evaluation.

Katie Miller is in school to become a teacher and thinks student evaluations could be helpful, but also dangerous, “You have the problem with students not wanting to try or maybe have a personal problem with the teacher.  The standardized testing is basically the one that`s more scary and how it affects your wages.”

Woods said right now, the superintendent reviews teacher evaluations.

But with the size of the new district, they may have to use an entire review team.

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