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  • GRade the TEAChers

    In some districts, student surveys, could become part of how teachers are assessed.

    In understanding a student’s true potential, educators only scratch the surface through standardized testing. It’s somewhat understandable why students are graded in this fashion, but how should teachers be graded?

    While the method of student assessment is still an important debate, something that deserves a bit more attention is the assessment of teachers. According to The Pew Charitable Trusts, teachers are normally evaluated through random observations and their student’s test scores. However, just as standardized test scores are an inaccurate representation of a student’s knowledge, these evaluation methods are usually inaccurate of how well a teacher performs in class.

    Karen Hoover, a teacher in Washington, D.C., believes student input should definitely count in evaluations. “As long as they are made aware of the meaning, value, and importance of honest opinions, and there is some sort of checks and balance system in place, it’s a really good idea

    According to an article from the New York Times, some of the U.S.’s largest school districts have started implementing student surveys created by Panorama Education, a tech startup run by two young Yale graduates. Panorama Education claims that their surveys are a reliable tool to “measure student perceptions of teaching and learning.”

    Anyone is able to freely download a sample of the survey from Panorama Education’s website. It asks questions that cover an important range of categories. These categories include pedagogical (teacher) effectiveness, classroom environment, expectations/rigor, student engagement, supportive relationships, sense of belonging, interest in subject and grit. Each category has around 5 questions with answer choices that range from “very false” to “very true.” These surveys not only evaluate teacher effectiveness, but the effectiveness of students as well.



    The feedback is useful and important,when it is used for improving teaching

    The US is complaining that our schools aren't in the top rankings on a worldwide scale. The only "solution" that officials can come up with is to lengthen the number of school days. How would lengthening the school year help if you have poor quality teachers? No one will find out if teachers are bad if the students can't grade them. I do agree that there are some flaws on this system (I am a student myself, I should know) some student will give bad grades because of personal grudges. How were these grudges developed in the first place? There must be some reason. There will also be the children who are to shy to give bad teachers a lower grade. Despite this, there will be some students who honestly grade their teachers. It will give the whole school I sight on what needs to be changed in the school. I believe that it would be a smart move to let children (maybe grade 6 and up) to grade their teachers because the bad teacher will receive honest grades from the students 'mature' or not.

  • What if they

    What if they are aliens and u want to got rid of them because they are planning on taking over the world? They could be hiding some type of really powerful gun that can explode the earth within one hit? They kids should be able to grade their own teachers.

  • To allow teachers to see there progress as educators

    Students should be able to grade their teachers because when the are graded the want to grade right back trust me. When i finish a test and get a good grade i want to write a letter or even verbally telling them thank you. Because even teachers need to know how they are doing. If students are able to grade their teachers the teachers can look back on this and focus on what is failing in their teaching career and work to make it better.

  • Students have the best firsthand feedback on how teachers are doing and if they are making high school an uncomfortable, inappropriate, or overly difficult experience.

    Every student’s got that teacher that they just absolutely hate. The one who “can’t teach.” The one who should have retired years ago, who can’t control a class, or who is just a plain jerk. It seems like they’re not going anywhere anytime soon even though they don’t allow students to be as productive as they are capable of. What about that old unfair janitor who gives out pointless detentions like they’re daily homework assignments? The lunch lady who spits on your food when she talks and can hardly walk? The crabby librarian who can’t hear a word you say and won’t help you find anything or make you feel welcome in the library? There should definitely be something students can do about it. They should surely have a say in who can provide their education and their high school experience. I know it’s hard to admit, but sometimes the students are right. Sometimes they know what they’re talking about. I mean, they are the ones who have the first-hand experience of being around these type of employees. Some out-with-the-old and in-with-the-new is seriously needed in some schools and the students are just the ones who can give the best feedback and advice on where school faculty are needing improvement in order to be successful. Just as teachers, who have first-hand experience, can give the best feedback and “ratings” on students. It’s not complaining, and the students have no actual control over who stays and who goes. It is just so suggestions can be appropriately made so that something can be done if needed about people who are making high school education an uncomfortable, inappropriate, or overly difficult experience. This is why there should be an opportunity in which at the end of each school term, student evaluations of faculty may be submitted online.

    That is the opening paragraph I am writing on this very topic for my 11th grade Lit. Class.

  • Oh definetly for sure

    Because sometimes the teachers grade us based on their opinions so why shouldn't we have the freedom of speech. Plus the fact is we're all humans here teachers think themselves is all knowing when they're not.It's best teachers can make much worse decisions than us it's but they're in denial.

  • Yes the should

    Yes, they should In every organisation, the subordinates get to grade their higher ups and have one on one discussions with them, and try to work out terms of agreement. The same should be applied in schools too. Teachers are usually tested based on the knowledge they have of the subject, but very rarely based on their teaching skills. If students are allowed to grade teachers, it would be a very good test of the teachers' teaching skills.

  • Yes the should

    Yes, they should In every organisation, the subordinates get to grade their higher ups and have one on one discussions with them, and try to work out terms of agreement. The same should be applied in schools too. Teachers are usually tested based on the knowledge they have of the subject, but very rarely based on their teaching skills. If students are allowed to grade teachers, it would be a very good test of the teachers' teaching skills.

  • There are some teachers at my school, who are bad.

    There are some teachers at my school who aren't good teachers. They think that they can't be wrong, or that their teaching styles are super useful, but they aren't. Teachers can be egotistical, and unhelpful. There are some teachers who give unhelpful test, or confusing instructions, and don't understand they aren't making any sense.

  • Who is the one in the classroom all the time?

    When a teacher is being evaluated, the student's feelings need to be a factor. We have to remember, kids aren't stupid. They can think, they have feelings, they know what they're talking about. When a teacher is targeting a child, it is almost impossible for the child to do anything. I have had experience with teachers that abuse their power. In 8th grade, I had a teacher who was just awful. It wasn't even about me. She would constantly hound the quiet kid or the kid with Asperger syndrome. She would call our ideas or answers "stupid" and sigh dramatically to embarrass the student. I went to the counselor and principal for help. They said the same generic response. "maybe you have to look at how she feels", "maybe she really wants you to learn." there was a kid in my class who was having an actual breakdown and all she did was mock him. When a teacher is graded by adults, the actual one in the classroom isn't put into account.

  • I think that students should be aloud to grade their teachers

    I think this because they get to grade us and give us homework but we don't get to have a say so in anything that they do or how they are doing. Kids should have equal opportunities to state what they think is wright, or what they think their teachers should do.

  • No

    Students should not be eligible to rank their educator. Most students are immature and will rank their educator on their own moronic opinions on their educators educational system. Many will abuse this privilege for their own injurious purposes, such as less homework or cellular devices in class. This will disrupt the learning environment for serious students trying to have a better future.

  • No

    No--students do not know by what measure to grade teachers. Teachers should be graded in some form, but not by their own students. Students also tend to be particularly harsh if they have a personal problem with a teacher or did not perform well in a class. There should be a different way of measuring teacher performance that does not depend on the students.

  • Shouldn't be by their students, but should be by others.

    Students do not have the maturity to grade their teachers. Some bad students will probably give their teachers low scores, and some student may not care whether or not they get graded. This would result in a Voluntary Response Bias. I understand that the students have the experience, however they should not grade their own teachers, especially when the students are receiving mediocre/bad grades.

  • No no no

    Teachers went to college to teach and grade children. Considering the importance of knowing if they are doing their job properly, SUPERVISORS went to college to train and grade teachers. CHILDREN should not be given this responsibility AND power over their teachers. It seems unethical. Only school personnel would understand this concept.

  • Grading educators is not a students job

    These students are learning from the teacher. Sure, the teacher should know if they're doing their job right, but there should be a high ranked supervisor who should grade the educator. Students don't have an ounce of wisdom to know the difference between a good or bad teacher. They won't grade teahcers by their performance, they'll grade them depending if they like them, not if what they're doing will help them n the long run. Another point I'd like to make, we have nerver done this before and our graduation rate is great! Whos to say if we change it, that the rules will effect opur students, the ones who want to learn, not the ones who waste everyone els's time?

  • I do not support this.

    Students deserve to learn from teachers with a positive attitude, sensitivity, and enthusiasm. In the perfect world, students would maturely construct fair and sensible evaluations of their teachers in order to ensure their teachers creating an environment that fosters their learning. However, we do not live in a perfect world, and most students are too immature to objectively execute an evaluation of their teachers.

  • Kid s don't know what they are doing

    This will effect the teachers learning because they will have to change . If kids vote they will not care what the teachers get this will effect learning because the teachers probably did not do anything. The bad kids probably are just trying to get back at the teachers . Think about it the bad kids probably got bad grades and this would be the opportunity to get back at them

  • No grading of students for their teachers

    I think it's very unfair to grade teachers by their students since some students come across puberty period. They always emotional to do things and this relates to their hormone. If they grade their teachers who will suffer strong pressure from students. Sometimes, teachers have their own purpose to train students who cannot understand them at once.

  • No grade our teachers

    Sometimes, students lack knowledge to totally understand the purpose of their teachers who may want to train their independence or other sides. During the training or experiencing, students always feel frustrated and emotional. On the other hand, some students come across the puberty emotion. They cannot grade their teachers fairly. May be they can communicate or chat with their classmates or parents.

  • It is unnecessary.

    Students don't need to grade their teachers because they are not pupils or peer. Students have no right to talk about their teachers like that. The teachers went through grading when they were in school so it is not needed by the students. They already get graded by the school, district, and state so there is no need for the extra grading by a student. Students would grade the teachers based on how they feel about that teachers.


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