It will come as no surprise to many teachers in low-income communities that when they are observed for evaluation purposes, they are often penalized for conditions beyond their control.
And it will not come as any additional surprise that African American teachers are the ones who suffer the most because of it.
You can read more about the new study reaching these conclusions – as well as seeing links to previous research with similar results – at Ed Week’s new article, Teachers in High-Poverty Schools Penalized Unfairly on Observations, Study Says.
You can read about the problems with another form of teacher evaluation at The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation.
And, if you’d like alternatives that work, check out The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.