You might want to take a look at the article posted in the Washington post on
June 5, 2011
Md. teacher evaluation redesign bogs down
“Bogged down by political infighting, large gaps in technical know-how and regulatory hurdles, Maryland recently applied for a year’s extension to fully execute the evaluation system it has yet to develop.”
The part that is very exciting is the possibility that districts might be able to create some of their own assessments. One professional tool they could consider is teachers’ self-study of their practice as a self-assessment with peer review. One can only hope that someone goes and asks the teacher.
“In addition to standardized tests, districts will be able to choose from a list of state-approved options — including, potentially, portfolio-style tests and classroom observations. They also can develop some measures on their own.”