The TES is reporting that in some US cities students are being given a say in how much teachers are paid…
According to a report by academics from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, more than a million primary and secondary pupils across the US are being asked by their schools to take surveys that allow them to rate their teachers’ classroom skills.
Pupils are asked the degree to which they agree with statements such as: “What I am learning now connects to what I learned before”; “My teacher explains difficult things clearly”; and “My teacher seems to know if something is bothering me.”
Increasingly, the answers are being used as part of the official teacher evaluation process. Because teachers’ pay is based on their evaluation scores, the upshot is that pupils are able to determine a sizeable proportion of their teachers’ pay.
“Students watch us deliver lessons every day and can make observations that help to expose blind spots in our practice,” Greg Myers, a Massachusetts superintendent of schools, told the academics…
To read the full story, get the 8 May edition of TES
This is clearly more carefully constructed than just asking children whether they like their teachers or think they are any good, but what do you think of the principles involved?
Is there some merit in the idea of getting feedback from pupils in a systematic way to help with teacher development and evaluation – whether or not linked to pay – as an alternative perspective to other factors – such as test results – which might otherwise be used?
If not, what would be your arguments against it?
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