Should Standardized Tests Be Used to Evaluate Teachers?

After scoring delays, computer glitches, and other administrative issues, a committee was formed in Indiana to recommend a replacement for the ISTEP. The committee has until December 1 to debate the new test, with the expectation that students will begin taking it in spring 2018.

  “  How similar should the new test be to ISTEP, and will it be developed from scratch or through the help of a national off-the-shelf test?”

How similar should the new test be to ISTEP, and will it be developed from scratch or through the help of a national off-the-shelf test?”

Along with recommending the new test, the committee will address teacher evaluations that are largely influenced by ISTEP scores. Panel members question whether one test is enough to measure the performance of students, teachers, and schools.

Elevate Teachers believes that a lot more goes in to school performance than standardized test scores. Teachers aren’t the only factor that affects ISTEP scores, and ISTEP scores aren’t the only way to tell how well a teacher is doing. We’re glad to know that lawmakers are beginning to see things the same way!

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