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Deadline looms for Dallas ISD's teacher evaluation plan


The following is from the Dec. 15, 2014, edition of KERA public radio news. Professor David Chard, dean of SMU's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, provided expertise for this story.

January 6, 2015

By Bill Zeeble

Dallas teachers are nearing a key deadline in the evaluation system that Superintendent Mike Miles introduced this fall. He wants to reward teachers based on outstanding performance, not years served or advanced college degrees. That’s raised hackles among teacher organizations. . . 

Southern Methodist University Education Dean David Chard says fairness is the challenge that Miles faces with any new teacher evaluation plan. 

“If it’s not sensitive enough to change as a result of teacher efforts, then it will very quickly be deemed to be unfair. And certainly nobody wants that,” Chard says. 

Miles believes his teacher review plan will hold up over time and lead to improved academic outcomes a year or two down the road. Dallas teachers have until Jan. 22, 2015 to apply for the Distinguished Teacher Review. 

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