Adopting an invalid teacher evaluation system and tying it to rewards and sanctions is likely to lead to inaccurate personnel decisions, while also demoralizing teachers. Such a flawed system could lead talented teachers to avoid high-needs students and schools, or to leave the profession entirely, and discourage potentially effective teachers from pursuing careers in education. Moreover, heavy reliance on basic math and reading scores to evaluate teachers will further narrow and over-simplify the curriculum to focus only on the subjects, topics, and formats that are tested. We believe that the evidence shows that educational outcomes will suffer if policymakers establish systems of teacher evaluation, tenure and pay which rely heavily on student test scores.
We are writing to invite you to sign a statement opposing this approach by going to http://www.epi.org/page/m/46350d66/2e8d95c2/ab51f12/208c6166/2979148384/VEsF/. We have posted the statement and listed resource material that provides the research basis for the statement. We also urge you to encourage others to sign the statement. We will publish the signatories on the EPI website and elsewhere.
If you agree with our approach, please add your signature to this statement as soon as possible to ensure that your name is included among the signers. The deadline for signatures is November 19, 2010.
We hope you will join with us in this very important effort to improve the educational outcomes of students, especially disadvantaged students who will be most harmed by these misguided policies.
Thank you for your help.
Eva L. Baker
Paul E. Barton
Helen F. Ladd
Robert L. Linn
Richard J. Shavelson
Lorrie A. Shepard
Eva L. Baker is professor of education at UCLA, co-director of the
Paul E. Barton is the former director of the
Linda Darling-Hammond is a professor of education at
Edward Haertel is a professor of education at
Helen F. Ladd is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at
Robert L. Linn is a distinguished professor emeritus at the
Diane Ravitch is a research professor at
Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute.
Richard J. Shavelson is a professor of education (emeritus) at
Lorrie A. Shepard is dean and professor,
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