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Educators outline critical components of appropriate evaluation system

NEA shares new evaluation and accountability policy with Members of Congress


WASHINGTON - July 27, 2011 -

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing today on the issue of teacher quality. The hearing on education reform and teacher quality initiatives shed light on the work being done at the state and local levels to ensure that every student has access to a highly effective teacher. NEA has delivered copies of its recently adopted Policy Statement on Teacher Evaluation and Accountability to every member of Congress to help inform the discussion on teacher quality as related to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

“As policymakers hear testimony on initiatives to transform our schools and improve student learning, it's a timely reminder that the challenging work of developing teacher evaluation and accountability systems is best done at the state and local levels,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “As experts in their field, educators provide a unique and informed perspective that should not be overlooked as states and districts attempt to outline what policies work best for them.”  

To help better define teacher evaluation systems, NEA has revised and realigned its current policies to more clearly articulate the link between teacher accountability and student success. “Teachers have been some of the most forceful advocates for better evaluations linked to meaningful feedback and support.” said Van Roekel. “What’s been missing is sufficient guidance — developed by and for teachers — to help navigate these very challenging and complex issues in the current environment, our Policy Statement provides that guidance.” 

Putting NEA on the record, The NEA Policy Statement on Teacher Evaluation and Accountability outlines rigorous standards and delineates the multiple indicators of teacher practice that must be taken into account. It defines an appropriate evaluation system and gives the context for how student assessment indicators should be incorporated into effective teacher evaluation systems.

NEA urges lawmakers, state and local leaders, as well as those committed to the improvement of the education profession, to visit http://www.nea.org/evaluation-policy to learn more about the NEA Policy Statement on Teacher Evaluation and Accountability.

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2  million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Michelle Hudgins  (202) 822-7823, mhudgins@nea.org