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Students Grading Teachers Might Be Best for Schools

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In the education world, there are always new methods and practices to take on when it comes to evaluating and grading teachers. From analyzing students' standardized test scores or grades to looking at survey results completed by students, there are many ways to evaluate whether a teacher is doing a good job.

In 2012, the Measures of Effective Teaching Project, a three-year study, found that when combined with test scores and evaluations, student surveys more reliably measured teacher performance, according to a recent New York Times article.

A Boston-based technology company Panorama Education helps schools collect, analyze, and act on feedback with student, teacher, and parent surveys. For one school in California, Aspire Lionel Wilson Preparatory Academy, teachers were scoring at or above the average for the charter schools that run more than a dozen schools in California and Tennessee, the Times article indicated.

Student surveys can "allow teachers to see if they’re connecting better with boys than with girls, or if students who have trouble with English are having more difficulty in a classroom than those who are native English speakers," the article said.

According to a recent blog post on Panorama’s site, the company is offering an open source student survey for use nationwide. The survey tool was created in collaboration with Harvard University Graduate School of Education researchers.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

Should students grade their teachers?

Yes, teachers will learn how to improve when they are evaluated by students.
86% (12 votes)
No, students don't have all of the necessary information to evaluate teachers properly.
14% (2 votes)
Total votes: 14
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