Don't delay Minnesota's teacher evaluations

  • Article by: Star Tribune Editorial
  • Updated: April 29, 2013 - 8:26 PM

Two years ago, the Legislature wisely decided to require that all Minnesota school districts evaluate teachers and include some measures of student performance in those evaluations. The law called for a task force to develop a model that district leaders could use if they were unable to come up with one that lived up to state criteria.

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dflleftApr. 29, 13 8:01 PM

THE GREAT DFL seems to be able to fund pretty much anything...except those items opposed by the teacher unions.

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unionbossmanApr. 29, 13 8:07 PM

I have immediate family members, extended family members, friends and neighbors that are teachers. I have never heard any of them bleat about how bad they have it. When I peruse these boards its hard not to read "how special" teachers are, how much they should be put up on a pedastal, how noble their profession is compared to others in society. My gosh, the self promotion and by definition, the insecurity, these posters display is alarming. I dont see carpenters, electricians, accountants, salespeople, etc, etc needing this level of attention. Does the teaching profession attract the insecure or does it turn people insecure? Or is it just the teachers who post on these boards?

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Douglind33Apr. 29, 13 8:18 PM

What's the goal? 1. Weed out bad teachers? 2. Find areas for improvement each teacher can work on? 3. Provide rewards for the top performers? Teacher evaluation systems have been around since the late 60s. Finding something acceptable to all parties shouldn't be insurmountable. Do it quickly, we don't need years of analysis paralysis.

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martytoilApr. 29, 1310:41 PM

"Despite the clear connection between quality instruction and student achievement, Minnesota schools have generally done a mediocre job on evaluations."--Yet in Minnesota we produce the top scores in the country on college entrance exams, and are at or near the top on almost every student performance measure. Hummm.

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and another thingApr. 29, 1311:42 PM

Evaluations need to be completed by professionals. Which begs the question...how are principals evaluated?

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jsmithxcApr. 30, 13 5:21 AM

Quality teacher evaluations are very important and if assessments are a part of there is a cost involved for somebody. This sounds like another mandate put on school districts for which there are no funds.

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comment229Apr. 30, 13 5:45 AM

unionbossman: I have never read a comment from a person who needs to spend a semester teaching in a classroom more than you do (and let me pick the school too). After you have done that, come on back, and let's talk.

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comment229Apr. 30, 13 5:49 AM

PS... The editorial staff of this paper seem to think that teacher evaluations are an original idea. I don't know one master contract in the state of Minnesota that does not have a section concerning teacher evaluations and that has been true for as long as anybody can remember. This process is done best, at the local level, with every district monitoring their employees.

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comment229Apr. 30, 13 5:57 AM

And finally...... someday, this editorial staff is going to write a column about the students who are the problem and failing our schools. All of us that went to public schools, were well aware of the kids who didn't care one bit about anything no matter who the teacher was. It was mandatory that they attended school; it was NOT mandatory that they did anything more than breathe. That still continues to this day and teacher evaluations are not going to solve that problem and blaming unions won't solve it either. The only conclusion that I can come up with, is that some people are in denial as to what the real causes of student failure are in this state. A day or so ago, this paper wrote a story about the housing dilemma of some students with one sleeping in a portable toilet each night.... and some people actually think that our problem is teacher evaluations?

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tandabuss1Apr. 30, 13 6:10 AM

Great editorial!!!! We need to get Education MN out of the "protecting mediocre teachers" game. They've done it long enough, and our kids have paid the price.

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