The Boston Globe’s pressure for the Boston Public Schools to “Release teacher ratings” in my opinion is flawed.

The evolution of great teachers is not a one year process.  As a former department chair we used clinical evaluations to strengthen effective teaching.  Teachers and supervisors jointly decided what areas could be enhanced through trust and working together.

Releasing scores will make liars out of administrators.  Their poor evaluations will send good families to other schools and therefore it is a conflict in the purpose of the evaluation tool.  Teachers will also be inclined to hide known deficiencies.  Admitting to some weaknesses with a goal toward improvement is strength.

Peter Swanson

Former teacher and department chair, Quincy High School

 

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