Law of Teacher Evaluation

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National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, 1992 - Law - 81 pages
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Litigation in the area of teacher evaluation has developed around issues concerning the processes and criteria used by school districts in conducting evaluations. Following an introduction explaining basic concepts, chapter 2 discusses the appropriate content of teacher evaluation, examining formal adoption of evaluation policies, compliance with state statutes and regulations, and content and constitutional requirements. Chapter 3 focuses on the use of commonly recognized statutory grounds for terminating teachers and the part these grounds play in evaluation. The procedural aspects of evaluation, such as the use of objective criteria and remediation, are described in chapter 4. The fifth chapter discusses the use of competency testing, issues of test validity, potential constitutional challenges, discrimination, and miscellaneous legal considerations. Issues in teacher evaluation and defamation claims are examined in the final section, presenting lines of defense available to administrators to protect against such claims. A conclusion points to the pervasive attitude of judicial deference to the decisions of educational policymakers. (317 footnotes) (LMI)

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