Arlington, K. Sydney Morning Herald (27 April 2012)
Australia is implementing its first national guidelines for performance assessments of teachers, giving them a clear understanding of 1) what they will be expected to achieve each year and 2) how their performance will be measured. Every teacher will set goals for the year, have their performance reviewed, and provide evidence in support of their performance. (Evidence will include improved student results and feedback from students, parents, peers or supervisors on goal attainment.) Classroom observations will also be carried out. In return, teachers will receive constructive feedback and may be eligible for performance bonuses. National consultations of the document, developed by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), will be held before it is implemented next year. Anthony Mackay, the chair of the AITSL, argues for “recognizing and supporting the best” teachers here.
In addition, below is a video from AITSL about the desired outcomes of teaching standards: