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Reformers have singled out teachers as the single most important factor in raising student achievement and have created a business-like approach to reward and punish them accordingly. These stories share experiences with these reforms and provide examples of training and evaluation that put students and teachers at the center. 

New York, NY

Matthew, teacher

Matthew is the kind of teacher that students flock to, literally. But the evaluation systems in place do little to show the depth of his skills and his connections with students. Observations last just fifteen minutes and student learning is measured by test scores, for a test that students aren't even required to take.

tags: teacher evaluations, Danielson rubric, high stakes testing

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