Then he handed me a paper that I later learned was my evaluation form. All the boxes were marked “exceeds expectation.”
He looked at me. I looked back at him. I can hide a lot of emotions, but bewildered is hard to cover up.
“Sign your evaluation,” he said. “What are you waiting for? Am I missing something?”
Eight years would pass before I was observed through the district again. Through seeking out mentors and hard work, I became a decent teacher. I was never excellent. Still, every time, my evaluation had “exceeds expectation” checked on every box. I would sign and return it although no one had ever visited my class. In my 17 years of teaching, I was meaningfully evaluated just once.
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Coming in with an average SAT reading score of 496, 2012’s graduating seniors have the dubious distinction of having attained the worst reading score since 1972. (For those test-takers of a certain age and test-taking history, “reading” is actually that part we knew as “verbal.”)
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Things to consider:
Korea pays experiences teachers more and are first ranked in math and reading and third in science.
U.S. teachers are worked the most and paid the 5th worst. And where do U.S. students rank? 14th in reading, 17th in science, and 25th in math.
I’m not saying teacher pay is the only thing that affects low student ranking, but if U.S. teachers are the most worked shouldn’t the student rankings be higher?