Chicago strike sparks discussion about teacher evaluations

LANSING, Mich. – The ongoing Chicago Teachers Union strike, in part due to controversy about how teachers are evaluated, is elevating the question of how to evaluate a teacher and how to use that information, MLive reports.

Sandi Jacobs, vice president of the National Council on Teacher Quality, told MLive that teacher evaluations need to be retooled in order to provide effective feedback, and should be used to help direct staffing decisions.

MLive reports that research has shown that students taught by highly rated teachers learn more, while students taught by poorly ranked teachers learn less.

SOURCE: MLive, “5 points about teacher evaluations in Michigan, Chicago and beyond," Sept. 12, 2012
FURTHER READING: Michigan Capitol Confidential, "How the Chicago Teacher Union Strike Affects Michigan," Sept. 12, 2012