The old system, PDAS, rewarded teachers based on doing time in DISD rather than looking at their effectiveness. The evaluation included 8 spot observations compared to the 10 you receive under TEI and did not involve looking at test scores or student input like the new system does.
Some see it as a more complete and egalitarian system that rewards hard work and progress, while others see it as a disaster that was the culmination of a district takeover plot engineered by former superintendent Mike Miles and his board allies. Either way, it looks like it's here to stay.
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Why Teacher Evaluation Systems Fail
TEI Teaching and Money
Mixing TEI and Teacher of the Year
SLO issues in DISD
Top Ten Positive and Negative Moments in Dallas Education 2015
Positive 04: Social and Emotional Health Negative 04: Trouble with TEI
Positive 05: Trustees Stop By Negative 05: Student Mother Kicked Out
Positive 06: Supportive Principal Negative 06: A Bad Spot Observation
Positive 07: Department Chair Respect Negative 07: Principals Lying
Positive 08: DISD Student Has Her Baby Negative 08: Parent thinks their child is stupid
Positive 09: Thanked by a Parent Negative 09: Blamed for a DISD Student Fight
Positive 10. Alex Hales and Retired Teacher Negative 10. Promising DISD Student Gets Pregnant