Sigh. Here's one more thing that makes a career in teaching unappealing...some states adopting tough teacher evaluation systems as law are actually discouraging schools from allowing student teachers to get their experience.
Of course teachers need to be evaluated, but so many states' lawmakers are pushing evaluation systems through quickly without thought to how effective they will really be. Is the system effective if it relies on student test scores? Teachers can only control what goes on in their classroom during school hours...home life makes a huge difference in the success of the student. And what about us in the special subject areas? We do not administer standardized tests in our subject area, and in my district, my students do not receive a grade for music. How does that translate into a teacher evaluation?
Teacher evaluation systems should not discourage districts from allowing student teachers to teach in the schools. My principals have always welcomed the extra help in the classrooms, and everyone sees student teaching as a positive asset to our schools. We should be using the evaluation system as a tool to identify the most effective teachers, who should be the ones mentoring the student teachers.