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The 360° Evaluation in an Educational Setting

by Mary Beth Claus Tobin
November/December 2008
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Teacher evaluations in education have clearly evolved over the last 30 years. Evaluations range from the non-existent; where you assumed everything was fine until you either got fired or your contract was not renewed, all the way to the annual written evaluation which may or may not have had a checklist, a rating scale, or simply a few paragraphs of narrative which was a year in review.

The 360° evaluation isn’t the final answer in the ongoing quest to help our teachers and administrators improve, but without question it taps into feedback and new perspectives in a refreshing way that is lacking in more traditional top-down reviews. This tool may be used on its own or as part of a full evaluation program. The Armed Forces in the 1940s were the first to utilize the 360° evaluation tool. It was not until the 1990s that they became a popular tool in human resources departments in the corporate world.

What is the 360° evaluation?

Just what it implies, the 360° evaluation is a process that gathers feedback from each area of your work life. You will be evaluated by your superiors, your colleagues, and your direct reports. If you’re a teacher, the list of ...

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