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What led us here? A conversation that led to the new Tennessee teacher evaluation system
The TAMS Journal (2011)
  • Lauren Jeneva Moseley, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Abstract

Currently, Tennessee teacher evaluations are taking center stage, outfitted with the newest Race to the Top (RttT) rubric designs and tailored to reflect student performance data. However, this implementation of RttT reform is accompanied by teachers’ uncertainty and intense anticipation. Naturally, many of these teachers are wondering how these new evaluation procedures were determined. For example, who made the decisions and why? This article flashes back to early 2010 in an attempt to find out. This analysis of a State Senate Education Committee meeting will provide a fly-on-the-wall perspective and will investigate how law-makers and advisors discussed these changes during the RttT application process. In particular, what words did they use to promote these changes, and how were teachers discussed? Findings include a metaphor of sports and competition and depersonalizing language to talk about teachers.

Keywords
  • Tennessee,
  • Teacher Evaluation,
  • Race to the Top
Publication Date
Fall 2011
Publisher Statement
Moseley, L. J. (2011, Fall). What led us here? A conversation that led to the new Tennessee teacher evaluation system. The TAMS Journal, 11-18.
Citation Information
Lauren Jeneva Moseley. "What led us here? A conversation that led to the new Tennessee teacher evaluation system" The TAMS Journal (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/moseley/1/