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Data targets – the ten reasons why they have no place in schools

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Nov 12, 2018.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    One deputy head teacher writes about the reasons why this type of target is such a bad way to measure teacher performance:

    ‘I'd be willing to bet that the majority of schools set performance management or appraisal targets that read something along the lines of: "X per cent of pupils to achieve age-related expectations" or "X per cent of children to make accelerated progress" – you know the type, as you'll have had them set for you by a well-meaning leader who is hoping to get results out of both you and the children you teach.

    But is this really the best way to ensure teachers do their best work?’

    What are your views about target setting? Do you think there is a place for data targets in schools? If yes/no, why?

  2. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    No and the article puts it very well. However I'll bet that even the author doesn't work in a school that does anything different. In points 8 and 9 he shows that SLT like it because it's measurable and relatively easy for them to do. What else could they possibly want?
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  3. install

    install Star commenter

    The problem is that student targets have to be met by their teachers. And in that there is a contradiction which leads to:
    'So how did you do in the exams just gone?' being said to the teacher :eek::eek::eek:

    Of course some SLT love it - its an annual.tool with which to intimidate staff with sadly..:(:(:(
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