The Freakonomics blog post, Evaluating Teachers: What About Doing it the Old-Fashioned Way?, points to a new study on teacher performance.
Rockoff and Speroni offer a potential glimmer of hope for the old-fashioned approach: the study finds that subjective teacher evaluations for New York City teachers had strong predictive power for future student performance.
I’m always skeptical of studies, even ones that support my viewpoints. But, for those who aren’t skeptical and like “research”, here’s some for you.
I have written about why I think teacher evaluations should be more subjective. Here are a couple of past posts on the subject: