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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Hit the 1,000,000 teachers mark!

Hit the 1,000,000 teachers mark! We would like to thank you all of the students, teachers, and parents who have made this site possible. We look forward to adding another million in the months and years to come.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Union objects to teacher-rating website

Union objects to teacher-rating website
Wednesday, March 09 2005
by Ciaran Buckley

The Teachers Union of Ireland is urging that access to a website, which collects anonymous feedback on Irish teachers, be blocked from Irish school computers.

The ratemyteachers.ie website invites pupils to anonymously appraise teachers on a scale of one to five, and awards marks based on teachers' helpfulness, clarity in teaching and popularity in the school. It also features a "hall of fame" and a "wall of shame." The site is an off-shoot of ratemyteachers.com, a California-based website.

The site lists most secondary schools in Ireland and includes postings on teachers from schools such as Ashbourne Community School, Co Meath; Catholic University School, Dublin; St Mary's secondary school, Edenderry, Co Offaly; Manor House School, Dublin, and Muire na Dea Comhairle, Headfort, Co Galway.

A spokesperson for the TUI said that although the union hasn't examined the postings in detail, it noted that some of the postings about individual teachers are very negative. The spokesperson said that the union had a problem with the lack of accountability on the site.

"The postings are anonymous, that really speaks for itself," the spokesperson commented.

The TUI points out that teachers are already accountable through existing evaluation systems and said that their performance is monitored through whole school evaluations, subject evaluations and random classroom evaluations.

The US version of the website claims to have received more than five million ratings since its inception five years ago, rating 38,000 middle schools and high schools in the US and Canada.

Two years ago the US site added student moderators to improve the integrity of the information on the website. The 3,500 moderators handle their own school's information on the site and review ratings for other schools to improve the quality of the ratings.