Who evaluates the evaluators?

Published: Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 - 8:08 am
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Re "Good teachers deserve respect, tenure" (Another View, Aug. 2): In the latest attack on public education, teacher tenure has become a focal point. It deserves review, and for reasons Steve Abbot outlined, maintenance, albeit reformed.

However, rarely in this debate has a key question been asked and answered. Who evaluates those who evaluate teachers? How do we know principals and other administrators are competent to judge effective teaching?

In 31 years in the classroom, I have had every kind of administrator, some highly qualified to evaluate and some not.

Abbot effectively argued for why we have tenure. Let's reform it, make it more meaningful to earn and work to assure we have effective instructional leaders doing the evaluation. That reform may have some small impact on one symptom in the challenges of trying to educate every student well in California.

-- Casey Nichols, Rocklin

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