Measuring Teacher Effectiveness Through Meaningful Evaluation: Can Reform Models Apply to General Education and Special Education Teachers?

The authors provide a review of current efforts to reform practices in teacher assessment, describe recommendations for emerging teacher evaluation systems that accurately distinguish between effective and ineffective teachers, and consider the difficulties of implementing these reform measures in the evaluation of teachers who serve students with disabilities. Consideration is given to understanding the unique roles and responsibilities of the special educator, as well as the use of observation protocols to evaluate instructional practices in the general and special education setting. This article also explores difficulties of incorporating valid measures of student performance as a component of the teacher evaluation process for special education teachers.

Sledge, Ann & Pazey, Barbara L. (2013). Measuring Teacher Effectiveness Through Meaningful Evaluation:Can Reform Models Apply to General Education and Special Education Teachers? Teacher Education and Special Education, 36, 231-246.

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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