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“Why Kids Should Grade Teachers” — Not!


There’s a big article in The Atlantic this week that has been getting a fair amount of attention. It’s titled Why Kids Should Grade Teachers (it includes a relatively lengthy description of the process in a kindergarten classroom).

I’ve written a whole lot on this topic (see The Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers) ).

There are few teachers who have advocated more for the use of student evaluations than me — but NOT for use in formal teacher evaluations.

I’ve written about my objections to this hijacking of a great tool by “school reformers” at I’ve Got A Bad Feeling About This: “Next Up in Teacher Evaluations: Student Surveys.”

Feedback is welcome….

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Student surveys should be formative assessment for teachers…definitely not summative. Surveys can let teachers know how they are doing with a certain group of students but they have absolutely NO place in the evaluation process of a teacher. Teacher evaluations must be done by qualified and experienced school leaders.
    Thanks for the opportunity to get that off my chest.

  2. Kids should not grade teachers for the same reason teachers should not grade kids

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