No Easy Answers for Performance Management


Once again, it’s time to try bridging the gap between business and education management.  The increased focus on teacher quality and student performance in recent years often seems to suggest that teacher evaluation is central to the problem, and that evaluation in other professions should provide some of the answers we seek. (Here’s a link to similar posts).

First of all, I don’t know any teachers or administrators who would argue that, in general, evaluation policies are working for most schools. It was with the goal of improving teacher evaluation that a team of us at Accomplished California Teachers spent months studying the topic, distilling our observations and recommendations to produce a policy report suggesting a how to improve teacher evaluation.

And while I think “business” models aren’t appropriate for running schools and school systems, I do see similar challenges inherent in the organization and management of large groups…

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