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theschoolboards
12-21-2011, 09:17 AM
From Chicago News Cooperative (http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/a-push-to-have-students-factor-into-teacher-evaluations/) by Rebecca Vevea:

The Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union opened negotiations earlier this month on a state-mandated requirement about what should–and should not–be included in teachers’ performance evaluations.

An organized group of public school students, the Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), are preparing a formal request to CPS in the coming months to include student input in the new teacher evaluation system.

Some teachers want their students to weigh in on their performance.

“I think my students are in a unique position to evaluate me because they are the only people who see me teach every day of the year,” said Alex Seeskin, an English teacher at Lakeview High School.

Still, many Chicago teachers remain hesitant and the CTU has not formally endorsed the inclusion of student surveys.

CPS and the Chicago Public Education Fund released a report that summarized the feedback they received from teachers on new evaluations. Many were concerned that students may be “too immature” to evaluate teachers, turning the measure into a “popularity contest.”

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