Teacher Evaluation:
A comprehensive guide to new directions and practices

Teacher Evaluation:
New Directions & Practices 


New Practices
New Procedures
Improved Principal Roles

Questions, Networks & Links

  Teacher evaluation: A comprehensive
  guide to new directions and practices
   Kenneth D. Peterson (2000) 
      Second Edition
   Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. 
   Paper, 428 pp., $39.95 
   ISBN 0-8039-6883-3

Teacher evaluation is a necessary step in ensuring good schooling. However, poor evaluation is commonly accepted. And in too many cases--according to teachers, administrators, and researchers--teacher evaluation is disparaged or even ignored altogether.

This book contends that current evaluation is something done to teachers, rather than the cooperative effort of professionals--which is why practice rarely improves as a result of evaluation. This book challenges existing methods of evaluation and offers fresh ideas and techniques that can turn any school's evaluation practice into a highly productive process for all involved.

This comprehensive workbook explores stages of teacher choice and teacher responsibility for evaluation. It shows you how to help your teachers become more involved and in control of their own evaluation. You'll explore different data sources and new social power relations, and discover new ways of thinking about teacher evaluation.

These techniques will help you provide a source of acknowledgment and reward for teachers; reassure outside audiences, such a parents and the community; highlight exemplary practice for emulation; and point to good practice to guide teacher education. Here are substantive, field-tested suggestions and practices that you can put to use immediately to make your teacher evaluation systems more effective.

The second edition adds new chapters on the role of the principal in changed teacher evaluation, how districts can transition from current practice to improved practice, use of national standards in education, developments in using pupil achievement data, inclusive evaluation for minority teachers, and a new emphasis on sociological insights for improved teacher evaluation. The internet as a resource for local development is encouraged with 67 websites as a starting point. New resources, forms, literature, advice about dealing with deficient teachers, and district-level principles have been added.

" Avaluable asset for teachers, principals, superintendents, and policy makers! This comprehensive, readable second edition provides a facus that encompasses both the conceptual aspects of teacher evaluation and the tools needed to implement it."

Peter Airasian--Boston College

"Ken Peterson's voice has long been heard as the voice of reason in an area where extravagant claims often drown out moderate good sense."

Gene Glass--Arizona State University


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