In response to Act 82 of 2012, Teachers Lead Philly conducted extensive study and consultation with Philadelphia teachers. Before the bill goes into effect in September 2013, the School District of Philadelphia must decide which measures to use in evaluating teachers. Although Act 82 does not align with our beliefs about teacher evaluation, we see it as a promising opportunity to honor the judgment and expertise of our city’s teachers. By trusting teachers to develop meaningful assessments of student learning, Philadelphia can set a national example of teacher engagement and professional growth.
- Minimize the use of standardized test data in the evaluation of teachers. An overemphasis on standardized test data narrows the curricula, incentivizes teaching to the test, and discourages teachers from working with high-needs students.
- Protest the “Building Data” section of Act 82. There are no measures under this section that provide a fair evaluation of an individual teacher’s work. Rather, these measures create incentives to manipulate data about promotion or graduation rates. These measures also punish teachers who choose to work in our city’s highest-need schools.
- Use the “Teacher Specific Data” and “Elective Data” components of Act 82 to create locally designed rubrics of student engagement and support the use of portfolios and projects to evaluate our students’ learning.
Teachers voices are important. If you'd like to get more involved, join us on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 for our spring meeting. RSVP HERE.