There’s much ado about teacher effectiveness and teacher evaluation in the media these days, with a story line driven by self-anointed educational “reformers” who think they already have all the answers about how to address both. Texas AFT has been working for improvements in teacher development and appraisal since long before this topic came into media vogue, and we expect to continue that work vigorously. But we don’t think anybody, ourselves included, already has all the answers.
That’s why Texas AFT’s Committee on Quality Educational Standards in Teaching (QuEST) has come up with a new survey for teachers on the evaluation systems currently in effect in their districts and possible alternatives. Please help guide our efforts to improve evaluation systems by taking this short survey online at http://survey.texasaft.org. No closing date has been set for the survey yet, but the earlier you respond, the better.
After you complete the survey, you might want to take a look at a policy statement http://www.aft.org/about/resolution_detail.cfm?articleid=1548 on this subject passed by delegates to the 2010 AFT national convention last summer. We encourage you to read this AFT resolution and consider how it relates to your teaching practice and to the circumstances teachers face currently in Texas public schools. As the AFT resolution says, “For too long, those with little knowledge about the profession and often no experience teaching have defined for teachers what good teaching practice looks like and how it should be measured.” Now it’s your turn.