They were supposed to be a golden ticket to strengthen education, attract teachers and boost morale. But more often, they are tedious checklists that have minimal impact on teacher pay.
Teacher Evaluations ’22
Teacher evaluations were intended to be a tool for teachers to receive feedback and improve, and to identify and elevate the best. Sometimes they are meaningful, but other times a trivial checklist.
Administrators wish they had more flexibility
It’s currently a streamlined system that’s consistent statewide, but isn’t always the best or most appropriate measuring stick.
Performance makes almost no impact on pay
Evaluations and bonus initiatives intended to reward high-performing teachers ended up being overly-complicated, feeble, and/or short-lived
Spelling it Out: A tutorial on teacher evaluations
Idaho administrators are required to evaluate all teachers every year. These evaluations matter because they are tied to tax dollars — teachers must earn a proficient or distinguished rating to be eligible for raises. And the more teachers who score high marks, the more money the state gives a district for salaries. Historically, nearly all…