As schools, districts, and policymakers consider ways to effectively evaluate and support teachers, many are using student surveys as a valuable tool. During this day-long, invitation-only discussion group, the American Youth Policy Forum hosted presenters from districts who are using student surveys in different ways to engage student voice in the teacher development process. Goals of this discussion group included:
-Acknowledging the usefulness of student voice and surveys as a tool for teacher growth and development.
-Understanding the range and progression of survey use across districts and states, including formative and evaluative.
-Discussing the policies and practices that facilitate the use of student surveys, as well as the challenges of implementation. -Explore the ways in which pre-service teachers are being prepared to use and incorporate student feedback into their practice.
Along with a background presentation from Rob Ramsdell of Tripod Education Partners, presenters included Jana Burk, Executive Director of Teacher/Leadership Effectiveness Initiatives for Tulsa Public Schools; Dr. Kirk Kelly, Director of Accountability and Testing for Hamilton County Department of Education in Tennessee; Michael Dunlea, a teacher at Ocean Acres Elementary School in New Jersey; and Jennifer Carinci, Director of Research, Innovation, and Data Strategy for the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP).