Designing Effective Evaluation Systems: Emerging Findings

In high-stakes evaluation of teaching practice, accuracy and fairness to teachers are paramount. New research is yielding valuable information about measures of teaching that truly reflect the impact teachers have on student achievement.

Measures of Effective Teaching Project

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2009

The Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, a major research study the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation began in 2009, seeks to help educators and policymakers identify and support good teaching by improving the quality of information available about teacher practice. To measure teaching effectiveness, the MET project has sought to look beyond student assessments to develop a set of measures that together provide an accurate and fair indicator of a teacher's impact on student achievement. As a research partner in the MET project, Teachscape developed 360-degree panoramic digital video cameras to capture over 23,000 classroom lessons in 3,000 classrooms. We also worked with Charlotte Danielson and ETS to develop a rater training and assessment program to train over 500 evaluators to accurately and consistently score the lessons captured on video.

Learn more about the MET project, view video, and download the study's white papers here.

Rethinking Teacher Evaluation in Chicago: Lessons Learned from Classroom Observations, Principal-Teacher Conferences, and District Implementation

The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2011

This report from the Consortium on Chicago School Research, released in November 2011, summarizes findings from a two-year study of Chicago’s Excellence in Teaching Pilot, which was designed to drive instructional improvement. It included training and support for principals and teachers, principal observations of teaching practice conducted using the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching, and conferences between the principal and the teacher to discuss evaluation results and teaching practice.

Learn more about this report and download it here

Smart Spending for Better Teacher Evaluations

The New Teacher Project, 2011

This insightful issue analysis published in June 2011 from The New Teacher Project outlines the investments states should make in order to implement a new teacher evaluation system successfully. These investments include training for key district staff to prepare for evaluations, communications to key audiences, monitoring for consistent implementation, and sustainability over time.

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Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness in Cincinnati Public Schools

Thomas J. Kane, Amy L. Wooten, Eric S. Taylor, and John H. Tyler, 2011

In this article published by EducationNext (Summer 2011), the authors report select results from an ongoing study of teacher classroom observation in Cincinnati Public Schools. Teachers’ scores on the classroom observation components of Cincinnati’s evaluation system (which is based on Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching) were found to reliably predict the achievement gains made by their students in both math and reading.

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