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'The rush to evaluate teacher practice, demoralized teachers, created perverse incentives, & created a teacher shortage! Not much of a positive scorecard. “Previous sucky evaluation systems may not have provided useful information about teachers (or depended on being used by good principals to generate good data). But at least those previous systems did not incentivize bad behavior. Modern reform evaluation systems add powerful motivation for schools to center themselves not on teachers or students or even standards, but on test results. And test-centered schools run upside down-- instead of meeting the students' needs, the test-centered school sees the students as adversaries who must be cajoled, coached, trained and even forced to cough up the scores that the school needs. Everyone would be better off if the last round of evaluation "reforms" had never happened."