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Rating staff is not about drawing lines in the sand

In this, the second of a two-part series on performance, we look at feedback

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A system of accountability based only on high-stakes graded lesson observations is a broken system. Observations don’t accurately and reliably measure the quality of teaching, nor do they measure the effectiveness of individual teachers. Instead, they create a climate of fear; teachers will tend to overplan, overteach and proffer showcase lessons that bear no relation to their everyday practice, or they become stressed and underperform.

Although I’m not suggesting that we stop observing lessons altogether, we need to triangulate what we see and hear in classrooms with other sources of ...

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