Classroom observers using new tools to make teachers better

Throughout Washington, administrators have rolled out new preschool teacher evaluation methodology. Called "CLASS", instructors are observed at length and judged on their interactions in categories including emotional, social, and intellectual growth. The model, which moves away from principal evaluation, has been shown to improve both teaching and student performance. Now the state is piloting similar programs in K-12 classes. One researcher writes of the importance of the right assessment tool, “People say that teaching isn’t rocket science and I would argue that it's actually more complicated..."

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