Rating a Teacher Observation Tool
February 01, 2011
In the months since TNTP released Teacher Evaluation 2.0, a blueprint for better teacher evaluations, a growing number of states and school districts have begun to overhaul their evaluation systems.
Classroom observations will be a significant part of any strong evaluation system, and the right observation tools can set an evaluation system up for success. Effective observation tools and criteria establish a common definition of success in the classroom and help evaluators provide accurate, useful feedback to teachers.
But how can policymakers determine which observation tool to choose? Rating a Teacher Observation Tool identifies five simple questions and provides an easy-to-use scorecard to help policymakers decide whether an observation framework is likely to produce fair and accurate results.