“Tough Questions” – NY Times on last week’s teacher evaluation hearing

The New York Times reports this morning on some of the many challenges raised in last week’s state board of Education hearing on the proposed new teacher evaluation system, including one from me –

The test given at the elementary level, the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, has been criticized as too easy and would be miscast as a tool for evaluating teachers, according to teachers and parents who came to the forum, when the test was designed exclusively for gauging knowledge in particular subject areas. “The ISAT was not designed for teacher evaluations, and it shouldn’t be used that way,” said Julie Woestehoff, executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education.

More on the hearing and the problems raised there tomorrow.

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Julie Woestehoff is PURE's executive director. Julie's work has earned her a Ford Foundation award and recognition as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Chicago.