January 17, 2012

E4E Member Susan Keyock: Measuring the Value of Good Teachers

Original letter to the editor published in the New York Times by Susan Keyock.

To the Editor:

This study reiterates what others have found before it: teacher effectiveness, which can be partly evaluated using test score data, has the power to affect the futures of innumerable students, for better or worse. Real reform in education can be realized only when this fact is acknowledged by teachers who stand up and demand to be fairly evaluated by multiple measures, with one of those measures being test score data.

Having taught for 12 years in high-need urban areas, I have been a first-hand witness to the effects of teacher quality. Students need and deserve to have teachers who are constantly improving their craft. Neglecting to do so has too high a price tag.

The fair use of test score data is one crucial step to assuring a brighter future for our youth.