Too much of the new emphasis on teacher evaluation is designed as a “gotcha” game to provide evidence to fire teachers.  But too much of old teacher evaluation was merely compliance-focused and had results such as 96% of all teachers being effective. 

That’s a result that is simply silly. 

Here’s an alternative that is consistent with schools as professional learning communities. This model stresses evaluation as a tool to improve instruction.  

As a boss, the only valid reason to criticize someone who works for me is if it will improve their performance.  Otherwise I am just satisfying my ego. 
Unfortunately this common sense approach to teacher evaluation looks like it is going to get shot down for political reasons.  
Here’s the link.
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