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Proposed Policy Statement on Teacher Evaluation and Accountability

Based on recommendations of a workgroup of NEA leaders convened by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel this spring, the NEA Board of Directors has approved for final action a policy statement that revamps teacher evaluation and accountability.

Delegates to the 2011 Representative Assembly, NEA’s highest policy-making body, will vote on the statement in July.

The NEA policy statement reaffirms that tenure – or career status – should not be automatic, but earned. It recognizes that if a teacher fails to meet expectations, after being given a reasonable opportunity to improve, that he or she should be counseled out of the profession or be subject to a swift and fair dismissal process. It states that all teachers are responsible for providing students with a high quality education and continually enhancing their practice. And it calls for regular evaluations of all teachers based on multiple indicators – including the limited use of standardized test scores in evaluation plans based on tests that are valid, reliable and high quality measures of student learning and growth.

“These are not easy topics, and we know that our leaders and members will discuss them carefully this summer at our Annual Meeting. They deserve that discussion, because their voices have been silenced by too many policymakers in too many states,” said Van Roekel. “The time is right to take back our profession, and we believe that our members will be eager to seize the opportunity to change the conversation from how to shortcut quality to how to make teaching and public schools extraordinary for our students.”



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Proposed Policy Statement on Teacher Evaluation and Accountability ( PDF, 221K, 1pg.)

As Passed by the NEA Board for Consideration by the 2011 Representative Assembly

May 7, 2011



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