Teachers will have to be accountable in this century. And we predict that accountability will be based on student learning and knowledge, as demonstrated by test scores.
This month Andrew Cuomo, Democratic governor of New York, "vowed to withhold any increase in state aid to school districts that did not adopt a teacher evaluation system," according to The New York Times (Jan 18, 2012).
That same week the media reported that Scott Walker, Republican governor of Wisconsin, essentially supported the same idea in his state.
Now, initial efforts at teacher evaluation are likely to be primitive and insufficient. But over the next ten years we will see a standard teacher evaluation system based on student test scores. At least we are starting.
Photo taken this month of geese tracks in the snow on the sand in a state park nearby.