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NEA's Late to the Evaluation Party

Have you ever been late to your own party and then botched it on the food, drinks and decorations?

This weekend the National Education Association voted to allow student performance to be included in teacher evaluations. Yay, it’s about time! I never thought that would happen. It’s good to finally seeing the NEA take some…

Wait. What’s that you say New York Times?

“The union also made clear that it continued to oppose the use of existing standardized test scores to judge teachers, a core part of the federally backed teacher evaluation overhauls already under way in at least 15 states.”

So, not only have scores of states – without NEA guidance – already taken the initiative to use student performance in evaluating teachers, but they also think the evaluations should be done without any form of standardized testing.

Apparently, the union doesn’t feel that any of the existing tests millions of students take each year are up to the level of quality and validity necessary to gauge performance.

When was the last time in any other industry that performance wasn’t part of an evaluation?

Those Six Sigma, Balanced Scorecard, and Total Quality Management folks must have had it all wrong.

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