Should Students Be Able to Grade Their Teachers?

By Jody Goldenberg.

Students often receive grades from teachers that do not reflect the hard work and effort they put into their assignments. But, what if the roles were reversed, and students were given the opportunity to grade their teachers?

A student’s grade on a standardized test typically allows an administrator to see if teachers are doing their job well or not, but what if students had a say too?

Sara Molla, a sophomore at Sharon High School, says that it would be good for students to have an input on how teachers are doing their jobs.

“At the end of the day it is the teacher’s choice, but allowing students to grade their teachers would be beneficial because it would permit them to have a say in the classroom,” she said.

Students often feel that teachers do not listen to their students and accommodate what works best for them.

Sophomore Abby Fine says that even if a student were able to grade their teacher, she wonders if the teacher would listen.

“If the school let students grade their teachers there should be a certain criteria so nothing is said too harshly,” said Fine.

Ms. Ayotte, an SHS English teacher, says she always takes into consideration students’ comments on surveys.

“The comments are often useful and can change the way I may approach material,” she said. “However, the best comments are the ones that are logical and fair,” added Ayotte.

Ayotte says she would worry about a student failing a course giving the teacher a fair evaluation.

Fine says that students taking these surveys should remain anonymous and also write what grade they have in the class.

“If I was failing a class I would probably add on the survey that I did not like the teacher,” she said.

Savaughn Vasconcelos, a sophomore at Sharon High School, says that teachers should be graded on how well they teach the material, how creative they assign work, and how available they are to help students.

“The best teachers that I have had were flexible when they could help students. Sometimes students have other classes (chorus or tutoring during eagle block) as well, so teachers who can be available after school are very helpful, ” said Vasconcelos.

Some teachers at Sharon High School have given surveys at the end of the year, but students feel that is too late for feedback.

“I have received surveys at the end of the year to evaluate the class but I don’t see how that is helpful when the school year is over,” said Molla.

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