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The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and why it is nonsenseSave Our Schools

The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and why it is nonsenseSave Our Schools:


The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and why it is nonsense

The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and why it is nonsense

Originally Published at The Washington Post. By Valerie Strauss. November 13, 2012
Carol Burris is the award-winning principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York, and a frequent Answer Sheet blogger. She just underwent an ordeal as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Here’s what she wrote:

(Photograph by Mike Stobe/AFP/Getty Images)

Physically we are fine…we evacuated. I am one mile from the bay, but when it surged, about 6 feet entered my home. All in the finished basement. Lost a lot–heating system for the house, hot water and we have no electric. Walls and staircase have to come down. House smells awful. Lost lots of furniture, but also pictures, my husband’s Lionel train set from his Dad and all my research from my dissertation. Stuff you can’t get back. Some leaks, a fence down but because we left we did not lose our cars. We are pretty lucky compared with others.

Yet even while dealing with all of this Carol Burris still keeps writing about the negative effects of school reform. Here she looks at the newest popular rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and explains why it is nonsense. Burris is the co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test 

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