Don’t Judge Me By My Students

Linda Thomas:

How do you hold teachers accountable for their students’ performance? Of all the issues facing education, that seems to be one of the main issues in the contract talks that are going on between the Seattle School District and its teachers.
Negotiations seem to be progressing. With extra bargaining sessions added this week, both sides are working toward a tentative agreement that teachers are scheduled to vote on September 2nd, in advance of the school year starting in Seattle on the 8th. But, there’s that pesky question of how to evaluate teachers that keeps coming up.
In an effort to make its case, the Seattle Education Association put a video up on YouTube this afternoon with a teacher talking about accountability. Shiree Turner says “students are more than a test score.”