Wyoming (TWP) The State Education Department of Wyoming has begun an online teaching evaluation program that students, parents, and anyone really can use to grade the state’s public school teachers.
Wyoming education secretary Mo Banacek says of the program launched on Dec. 17, just in time for Christmas break, “We did considerable research on teacher evaluation programs throughout the nation, and then some boys in an advanced computer class at Roundoff Middle School brought this one to the board’s attention. We liked it immediately.”
The evaluation system, run though Survey Monkey, allows students, parents, and anyone really to log on to the system, find any public school teacher in the state, and answer some basic questions about them. Questions range from, “Is he a good teacher” to “What do you not like about him?”
Banacek explained at a press conference that the system will be linked to teacher pay the following year. “I’m sure we’ll have a few quirks and little knick-knacky things to work out, but I don’t see why we can’t start hooking up the system to the payroll as soon as the summer rolls around.”
Supporters of the evaluation program say that it is better than having to base teacher evaluations on standardized tests, something that is happening in many states. First-year algebra teacher Georgie Pace said, “It’s sick. We’re like the first state to go online with this. Like wow.”
Those against the program feel it is unfair. Career teacher Madelyn Stevenson, Laramie, said, “It’s just another way for principals to weasel out of actually evaluating the teachers by going to their classrooms and being engaged in what students are learning.”
The teacher evaluation can be viewed by following this Survey Monkey link. Banacek encourages Wyoming students, parents, and anyone really to fill it out.