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Earlier this year, D.C. Public Schools announced an update to its evaluation system for teachers. The most controversial change? The addition of student surveys. Starting this fall, teachers won’t be the only ones handing out grades. The change has elicited a negative reaction from the teachers’ union, who say it turns evaluations into popularity contests. Researchers, though, say the surveys are more reliable than traditional methods, like test scores or peer reviews. WAMU education reporter, Kavitha Cardoza, joins Kojo to discuss student evaluations and the role they will play in identifying D.C.’s best -and worst- educators.
- Kavitha Cardoza Special Correspondent, WAMU 88.5 News
- Jason Kamras Chief of Instructional Practice, District of Columbia Public Schools
- Tom Israel Executive Director, Montgomery County Education Association
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