Teaching evaluations are in place in order to provide feedback for teaching performance. These evaluations exist in two major forms. The first is the number based evaluation, which measures student feedback in terms of a number scale, usually of five points with five being an ideal performance and one being the lowest. The other type of evaluation is the discursive evaluation. This form gives the students a series of questions and encourages them to respond to the prompt in an essay type of format. Each form is designed to be as specific and exhaustive as possible.

The Discursive Evaluation

Step 1

Transcribe all the student evaluation results so that they can easily be read for review purposes. Make sure that the transcription exactly reflects what the student has written out, even if words are misspelled or sentences are grammatically incorrect. A precise record is key.

Step 2

Divide the student evaluations according to classes. This will allow you to identify any overall trends that may reflect certain factors such as frequency of class meetings or time of day the class was held. This allows you to establish context before looking at the evaluations' specifics.

Step 3

Gather a least two teachers who have no direct connection to the class being evaluated. Having an outside peer reviewer will take a big step toward a more objective analysis.

Step 4

Check the evaluations for depth of content and measure this against less probing commentary. Evaluations that reflect more sophisticated evidence of critical thinking should carry much more weight than brief or character based criticisms.

Number Based Evaluations

Step 1

Tabulate the average numbered evaluation of each question asked on the student survey. This overall average will provide a quick overview of the class's quality.

Step 2

Compare the numbered scores with other scores recorded by the teacher in the past to see if there is any dramatic difference that might call the reliability of the evaluations into question. Also, compare the test scores with other teachers of similar backgrounds and experience to see if there is a significant deviation.

Step 3

File the numbered evaluations for future use so that results can be compared to one another over a prolonged period of time. Tracking results over several semesters can provide useful long-term results.