The Washington Teachers’ Union fights for teacher evaluation systems that ensure educators perform to the highest standards of excellence. In addition, WTU believes that any evaluation system should point to the continual training and resources teachers must be provided to meet their students’ educational needs.
Research has shown that the current DCPS system of evaluation, IMPACT, does not effectively measure progress being made with students from diverse backgrounds. It gives undue weight to test scores as the main measurement of success.
The WTU is campaigning for teacher performance measurements that are developed, adopted and implemented collaboratively by teachers and administrators to replace IMPACT, which has been imposed from above by the Mayor and the DC Council.
Meanwhile, however, WTU offers programs that helps members succeed within the confines of the current evaluation system.