On the basis of his or her evaluation,
a teacher might be required to follow
an intensive program of professional
development. For example, teachers
who receive lower than 2. 5 in the
peer review and higher than 2.0 in the
student survey must take 60 hours
of professional training in designated
teacher training institutions. Teachers
who receive lower than 2. 5 in the peer
Here’s what educators in South Korea have learned
review and lower than 2.0 in the student
survey must take 210 hours of profes-
about their new national teacher evaluation
program—and here’s how they’re trying to fix it.
sional training over six months. If these
teachers fail to improve their scores
the following year, they’re removed
from their classrooms for six months
and must take 730 hours of professional training in the National Training
Institute of Education, Science, and
In 2010, after several years of strong opposition from teachers, the South Korean government announced a new teacher evaluation system— Evaluation of Teacher Profes- evaluations conducted by multiple league’s practices.
evaluators. For example, in the required
In contrast, teachers who receive the
peer review, at least three teachers and
highest scores can take a 6- to 12-month
the school principal assess their col-
sabbatical to concentrate on research.
According to the 2011 interim report
sional Development—which would be
The system also calls for student
released by the Ministry of Education,
required for all teachers.
surveys, in which students in
Science, and Technology, approxi-
The new system seeks to foster
grades 4–12 assess their teachers, as
mately 90 percent of teachers (343,725);
teacher professional development and,
well as parent surveys, in which parents 79 percent of students ( 4,191,548); and
consequently, improve the quality of
evaluate their children’s teachers. Evalu- 46 percent of parents ( 3,045,765) par-
education. Whereas the traditional
ators score the teacher in a variety of
ticipated in teacher evaluations in 2011.
system relied exclusively on the princi-
competencies using a 5-point Likert
The average score was 4. 74 in the peer
pal’s judgment of teacher performance,
scale, with 1 being the lowest score and review, 3. 85 in the student survey, and
the new system involves multiple
5 the highest.
4. 15 in the parent survey.