I am so lucky to be a teacher…

I am pretty excited about the new teacher evaluation system in CT.

45% of my evaluation will be based on student advancement.  22.5% of that will be directly connected to state standardized test scores.  The other 22.5% will be up to school and teacher.  Since we are pretty much told what makes us successful, test scores going up, the other 22.5% will be tied to our town’s common assessments, which are tied to state assessments.  So 45% of my evaluation will be connected to standardized test scores.

40% of my evaluation will be based on observations or performance and practice.  Some years I will be observed, and some years I will have written reviews.  When I am observed and when go through the written review process I am judged for how well I am implementing practices that will raise test scores and asked if the test scores are going up based on practices I have to use in order to raise test scores.  So really, 40% of my evaluation is not based on standardized test scores, but on how well I test to to the test…and if scores go up because of how well I have been teaching to the test.   Still with me?

5% will end up being from the test scores of the entire school.

10% will be on parent surveys or peer surveys…hmmm…

So in order to get a great evaluation all I have to do is look at all the test scores of incoming students.  I don’t have to look at the kids who are scoring high to middle.  I can ignore the kids at the bottom who take too much work and never show much improvement in scores.  I can just focus on the 10-15 kids who are the cusp of being proficient, the kids that are on the upper edge of the lower 33%.  Then I just have to figure out the 3-5 questions that they got wrong on the test that bumped them into the lower grouping and focus on those questions.  Since I never get a parent complaint from kids who have high grades, I can easily bump up everybody’s average to at least an 85 and ace the 10% of the eval that is based on parents feedback.  Since I don’t use many copies, I can hand out my copy code to other teachers and they will mark me as “very helpful” and I will ace the peer survey part.  I can’t figure out how to rig the 5% of my evaluation that is coming from school test scores, but getting a 95% should be pretty good.  As an extra safeguard, I have already told the colleges that ask me to take student teachers that I will not be taking any more student teachers, or interns.  I do not want them impacting my students scores.

Now don’t forget…the Common Core Standards are coming!!  Written by folks who have declared non-fiction and person connections to be evil! Written by folks who have ties to for profit charter schools!  Written by folks who support companies that just spent $2,6000,000 in Connecticut lobbying to destroy public school teachers’ jobs.  Written by folks who support eliminating human grading of essays!  It will be fantastic to be teaching in a country in which other companies like the Bill Gates foundation has given almost as much money to carrying out the new National Standards as the United States government has!

I am so lucky to be a teacher…



  1. This is an incredibly depressing post (with an incredibly uplifting title, until the sarcasm is realized). I’m sorry to hear about CT, although I can’t say I’m surprised.

    Good luck, Paul. I hope your peace of mind goes unaffected amid the turbulence of the times.

  2. Excellent points and reasoning for the new world we are all going to be forced to live in. That world is disingenuous just like the new tests, and evaluations. Designed to work on paper while dumbing down the entire up and coming masses, except for the exceptional ‘chosen’ ones. The more the human element is removed the easier it will be to institutionalize every kid.

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