Improving Teacher Evaluation: Walking the Talk of Standards-Based Grading


  • Chad Lang Glenwood Community School District
  • Matt Townsley University of Northern Iowa



teacher evaluation, proficiency scales, standards-based grading


Teachers and school leaders frequently express a disconnect in the purpose and importance of teacher evaluation, particularly as it relates to educator growth. At the same time, some schools are beginning to communicate student growth through a standards-based grading philosophy. One way schools might “walk the talk” of their grading reform efforts designed to communicate student growth is through the use of proficiency scales to prioritize growth in teacher evaluation. This paper describes implications of simultaneously utilizing a growth model for teacher evaluation and a student growth model via standards-based grading.


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