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Teachers React to Evaluations That Deem Some Ineffective

Teachers React to Evaluations That Deem Some Ineffective

In Sumner County, TN, teacher evaluations are leaving some educators saddened by the results they received, causing many to question the evaluation system. 

"I owe my former students, their parents, and the Sumner County community the reason for my decision," said Stacey Morgan, a former teacher for Sumner County and guest columnist for TheTennessian.com. "I'm not tired or burned out, rather, I've been told that I'm an 'ineffective' teacher."

According to Morgan, since 2011 teachers have been evaluated in 11 areas on a scale of 1-5, with 5 indicating performance beyond expectations. Along with evaluations, test scores from the beginning of the year and end of the year are compared to see what students have grasped in the classroom.

"I am an effective teacher, despite what my principal, the observer from the Central Office and state may say," said Morgan. "However, I am leaving a profession that ignores all data except test scores and very subjective evaluator scores."

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Article by Navindra Persaud, EducationWorld Contributor

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