Welcome to the Measures of Effective Teaching Project


How can effective teaching be
identified and developed?

The Measures of Effective Teaching
project aimed to find out.

In this seven-minute Teaching Channel video teachers from three MET project districts explain the benefits of feedback from observations, student surveys, and real-time coaching.

Two-thirds of American teachers feel that traditional evaluations don't accurately capture the full picture of what they do in the classroom. They want information that they can trust from measures that are fair and reliable.

The Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project was designed to find out how evaluation methods could best be used to tell teachers more about the skills that make them most effective and to help districts identify and develop great teaching.

The project brought together 3,000 teacher volunteers in six different school districts with dozens of education experts and researchers. The result was a ground-breaking three-year study whose culminating findings were released in 2013". Based on this work, the MET project and its partners have provided practical guidance and tools to support quality evaluation and feedback.

The MET project also has made its data widely available to additional researchers through a secure online platform, promising many years of further study on the best ways to identify and develop effective teaching.

Featured Resources

  • Student Surveys: Click here to learn about the student surveys used in the MET project, and to access the survey questions.
  • Lesson Videos: Authentic videos of teaching from the MET Extension project are available online for use in professional learning through the SOE Teaching & Learning Exploratory, run by the University of Michigan School of Education. Click here to learn more.
  • MET project data: Researchers can apply for access to the MET Longitudinal Database, which includes video and quantitative data collected by the project, with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan. Click here to learn more.
  • Free eBook. A free PDF-version is available of the book, Designing Teacher Evaluation Systems: New Guidance from the Measures of Effective Teaching Project. Published by Jossey-Bass, the book features 15 new studies by MET project partners using the MET project’s extensive data set. Click here to learn more.
“The only way we're going to get to excellence in public education is to teach our way there. We need to be able to define and measure what makes great teaching.”
- Pete Gorman,
Superintendent,
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
“The real work of real teachers in real classrooms will be central to every aspect of this project, and that's why we strongly support it. The last thing this country needs is to only educate our students through test prep.”
- Michael Mulgrew,
President,
United Federation of Teachers
“We know that teachers teach best when they understand what's expected of them, know how best to reach their goals, and feel assured that no single, snapshot measure will determine the course of their careers. That, and improving the likelihood of success for our students, is what the Measures of Effective Teaching Project is all about.”
- Joel I. Klein,
Chancellor,
New York City Department of Education