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     The evaluation process is extremely valuable to education. This is why teachers and administrators rightfully spend a considerable amount of time refining the evaluation process so that it is fair and meaningful. Its ultimate goal is to help teachers perform at their fullest potential (see
Why Evaluate?).

     The American Federation of Teachers (n.d.) agrees that an effective evaluation program can perform two vital duties:

  • Provide successful interventions for growth purposes, and
  • Counsel teachers to leave the profession.
     The American Federation of Teachers (1998) also indicates that "...weak or incompetent teachers threaten the reputation of the profession and the quality of education children receive." This is a strong stance that both administrators and leading teachers need embrace.

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AFT (1998) Peer Assistance and Peer Review. Retrieved on August 13th, 2007 at: http://www.aft.org/pubs-reports/downloads/teachers/parhndbk.pdf

AFT (n.d.) Teacher Evaluation. Retrieved on August 13th, 2007 at: http://www.aft.org/topics/teacher-quality/eval.htm


© 2007 Mark Karadimos | Updated August 15th, 2007