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Should students evaluate teachers?



clarke-reed.A couple weeks ago, a Florida lawmaker proposed that teachers evaluate parents. Can a proposal for students to evaluate teachers be next? Well ...

State Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, D-Deerfield Beach, at left, referenced the idea during one of last week's committee meetings on teacher pay and effectiveness. She wanted to make sure Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith had seen the latest research on the subject.

"I think the students need to be able to evaluate what's going on in the classroom," Clarke-Reed, a retired teacher, told The Gradebook afterwards. "If they're not comprehending what I'm doing or saying, I need to know."

Clarke-Reed said student input should be a small piece of the overall teacher evaluation. She expected more discussion on whether the idea should be part of any new, SB 6-like bill.

We don't know if the idea is getting traction, but it does seem to be getting more consideration. Gauging student perception is part of the big Gates teacher project - and the St. Petersburg Times took a closer look at that piece last month.


[Last modified: Monday, January 31, 2011 11:29am]


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