Measuring teacher performance by student test scores

Last month, Congress passed separate bills updating the "No child left behind law,"

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  Springfield Schools Superintendent Daniel Warwick is not a big fan of linking poor test scores with teacher evaluations, but he understands accountability is important.

A recent survey shows 55-percent of Americans opposed linking teacher evaluations to their kids’ test scores. Opposition was even higher among those with children in public schools.

“I know each teacher has an individual way of teaching. Some of the methods they use are better than others, so what I would like to do is find which system works best,” said Santiago Mercado of Wilbraham to 22News.

Like most jobs, your performance is tied to you keeping your job and the Springfield School Superintendent believes that should apply to teachers.

“The key to student performance is teacher quality and we’re trying to measure that and try to improve on student performance by measuring that. So, I think that’s the wave of the future and what we’re working for. And I believe that accountability is needed,” Superintendent Daniel Warwick told 22News.

More than 40 states are moving forward with plans to evaluate teachers and principals, based on how well students perform.

Grant Wells of Springfield told 22News, “I think teachers need to take more responsibility for their students.”

Superintendent Daniel Warwick says he believes there should be some accountability, but the proper system needs to be in place to properly measure teacher performance and link it to student test scores.

Last month, Congress passed separate bills updating the “No child left behind law,” meant to hold schools accountable for their students’ performance.

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