Student Surveys Will Count Toward This Year’s Teacher Scores

Metro Superintendent Jesse Register wanted to delay the use student surveys in teacher evaluations, so educators would have more time to try and improve based on initial results. (Image Credit Robert Couse-Baker / flickr)

Metro Superintendent Jesse Register wanted to delay the use student surveys in teacher evaluations, so educators would have more time to try and improve based on initial results. (Image Credit Robert Couse-Baker / flickr)

Student surveys will soon become a part of how teachers are evaluated in Nashville.  Metro Schools Director Jesse Register had asked the state to hold off on using such surveys to help score teachers, but there will not be a delay.

The survey is called Tripod, and Register says he has no doubt it’ll eventually come in handy.  In a letter to Metro teachers, he notes Memphis has been using it for a few years already, and that it’s been vetted and tends to give teachers useful feedback.

It’s set to count as 5 percent of a Metro teacher’s classroom observation this year – and that’s where Register has a problem.  Data from surveys given in spring didn’t trickle back to teachers until late last month, leaving them little time to absorb the results and try to do better.  That’s what Register says prompted him to ask for a delay.

State officials turned down that request, meaning surveys given this fall will count.

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