Principals' perceptions of their ability to evaluate Special education teachers using the 21st century professional teaching standards

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Megan Mimms (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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William Bursuck

Abstract: There have been teacher evaluations in place throughout the history of education, yet teacher quality continues to be an issue. With difficulty in determining what constitutes a qualified special education teacher, evaluations have been challenging to use in an efficient and effective manner. The purpose of this research was to examine high school principals' perceptions of how the current 21st Century Professional Teaching Standards fit the various skills of special education teachers and how well prepared the principals were to evaluate special education teachers according to these standards. Ninety-six high school principals in North Carolina who were in the first phase of evaluating teachers using the 21st Century Professional Teaching Standards were surveyed. Six skill areas were included on the survey: classroom management practices, teaching strategies, inclusion facilitation, IEP development/implementation, transition planning/implementation and content knowledge. Significant differences between the skill areas were found, especially in the area of transition planning which was consistently viewed as an area of least preparation not fully addressed by the standards. Such differences were mirrored in comments made in the open-ended questions that indicated the need to have more training related to instructing students with the most severe disabilities. Principals who did receive professional development were more likely to feel prepared and indicate that the standards more adequately addressed the skill areas, although the differences were not statistically significant.

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Language: English
Date: 2011
Special education teachers $x Rating of $x Standards $z North Carolina
High school principals $z North Carolina $x Attitudes
Special education teachers $x Training of $x Standards $z North Carolina

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