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Volume 22, Number 2
March/April 2006

Standards-Based Evaluation for Teachers

How one public school system links teacher performance, student outcomes, and professional growth


Eric Luedtke recalls clearly his first evaluation as a student teacher. The only comments from the instructors who observed him were “Good job!” and “You did everything right.”

“But I knew I had a lot to learn and a lot I could improve on,” said Luedtke, who now teaches middle school social studies at the A. Mario Loiederman Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Silver Spring, Md.

As accountability pressures on schools increase, teacher evaluation and supervision have come under new scrutiny.

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For Further Information

For Further Information

D. Lawrence. The Toledo Plan: Peer Review, Peer Assistance; Practical Advice for Beginners. Toledo, Ohio: Toledo Public Schools and Toledo Federation of Teachers, 2003. Available online at

J. Saphier and R. Gower. The Skillful Teacher: Building Your Teaching Skills. Acton, Mass.: Research for Better Teaching, 1997.

The Montgomery County Public Schools Professional Growth System Teacher Evaluation Handbook. Available online at