Question; Argue Whether Teachers Should Be Evaluated Based on Student Performance

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Question; Argue whether teachers should be evaluated based on student performance


Fairtest 2013 studies clearly present several reasons why teacher evaluations should not solely rest on student test scores. Haertel (2012 p.4) informs that the role of the teacher in school is only critical in the boundaries of the institution and that learning that also takes place out of the school matters even more. Teacher evaluations based on student performance has key measurement errors when results of one year show big scores by a teacher and subsequent years present a different story. Another error forwarded by the author is fade out which suggest that even if students benefit from highly evaluated teachers the effects
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Article on 19th November 2013 illustrate the country’s debate on the common core learning standards indicates that nationally the results from the system showed only slight gains in reading and mathematics scores.

It is not enough to evaluate teachers based on student performance because the high or low student performance is not only pegged on teaching methodology but a myriad of other factors Haertel (2012 p.4). An unfortunate developing trend in the U.S education is the focus of this paper. The U.S continues to be the engine of innovation mainly because it has the best graduate programs, scientific infrastructure and the best capital markets to take advantage of. However there are serious gaps arising which Friedman calls `the quite crisis’ which suggests that currently the country is not replacing the scientists and engineers at an acceptable level. He cites education gap at the top and at the bottom suggesting the problem of ambition gap (2005 pp.250-275).

Student performance is largely dependent on student’s curiosity and passion of their individual courses. When a student is curious and passionate about a subject he or she is willing to go the extra mile in order to be successful without feeling he is sacrificing too much. The `ability to learn how to learn’ as well put refers to ability to constantly absorb in addition to self teach new ways

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