Evaluation can be a harrowing experience for any educator. But
for non-tenured faculty in the UC system, the emotional drain is
compounded by the critical role that evaluations play in whether
a lecturer continues to work at all.
Showing their hand, opponents of the much-debated AB 5, A Best
Practices Teacher Evaluation System (Fuentes), stated in
testimony to a state Senate hearing yesterday that they are
opposed to a provision that the tests used to measure academic
growth be “valid and reliable” for the curriculum, the pupil
being taught, and for the purpose of teacher evaluation.
How could a bill that would have improved the teacher evaluation
process die in the California Legislature? Assembly Bill 5, “A
Best Practices Teacher Evaluation System,” fell victim to faulty
assumptions and reasoning that defies logic. And our schools are
poorer for it.
Linda Darling-Hammond applauded teachers who are struggling
with classes of 35, and even 45 students, sometimes without desks
or textbooks, while the misplaced focus on teacher evaluation has
become a drum beat.