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School districts throughout the country are continually assessing how their teaching evaluation systems can better identify and support great teaching. Each evaluation system is unique, but the challenges of researching, testing and rolling out new systems are common to all.
Below are links to tools and resources to help address some of the common, practical problems of developing and implementing teaching evaluation systems.
>Designing Teacher Evaluation Systems: New Guidance from the Measures of Effective Teaching Project (2014). A book on 15 original studies by MET project partners using the MET project’s extensive data set to provide insights on new teacher evaluation methods and on the current state of teaching practice in U.S. classrooms. Published by Jossey-Bass, the book balances detailed quantitative analysis with discussion of implications for policy and practice. A PDF-version of the book is available for free by clicking here.To learn more and to purchase hard copies or other eBook versions, click here.
Other resources from the MET project:
- Asking Students about Teaching Practitioner Brief. A 24-page resource for practitioners on student perception surveys and their implementation in feedback and evaluation systems.
- Asking Students about Teaching Summary. A two-page summary on the benefits of student perceptions surveys and on key implementation challenges that must be addressed.
- Student Survey Teacher Q and A. A one-page interview with National Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling on how student perception surveys have helped her and her students.
Cambridge Education & Tripod Survey Assessments were used in the MET project analysis as a tool for capturing students' views on their classroom experiences. Download the surveys used in the MET project by clicking below:
These surveys may be used for noncommercial purposes. For additional information about the surveys, administration, analysis, reporting and professional development, contact Caitlin.Deneen@camb-ed-us.com.
The New Teacher Project (TNTP) published a companion guide to the MET project's "Gathering Feedback for Teaching" report. TNTP's guide, called "MET Made Simple," outlines practical implementation recommendations based on TNTP's experience helping states and urban school districts across the country improve teacher evaluation systems.
- Ensuring Accurate Feedback from Observations by Craig Jerald provides lessons from leading practitioners about how to ensure that classroom observations produce accurate results. The report offers methods to ensure that classroom observations, which are a lynchpin of new evaluation systems, provide teachers with the critical feedback they need to improve their practice and addresses key considerations and lessons from early implementers. The report examines topics from how to select a rubric to training and certifying raters.
- "The Importance of Accurately Linking Instruction to Students to Determine Teacher Effectiveness." This 12-page paper from Battelle for Kids explains what it means to link teacher and student data, highlights common sources of error, and describes several implementation strategies.
- This section of the Battelle for Kids website includes materials to help practitioners understand value-added models as tools for measuring effective teaching. Included is an FAQ on Value Added, a short backgrounder, "About Value-Added Analysis," and a white paper "Selecting a Growth Measure: A Guide for Education Leaders," which explains and compares different methods for estimating effectiveness by examining student learning gains.
- "Effective Teaching: What Is It and How Is It Measured?" This paper, co-authored by Steve Cantrell, Gates Foundation chief research officer, and Joe Scantlebury, Gates Foundation senior policy offer for U.S. Program Advocacy, discusses the importance of robust, transparent teaching effectiveness measures that work toward achieving the best outcomes for the largest numbers of students and teachers.
- As part of its work with the MET project, Teachscape developed a panoramic video camera used to record classroom instruction without the need of camera crews. Playback allows teachers to view themselves and their students. This brief explains how the MET Project made use of the Teachscape camera in its study of structured classroom observations: "Classroom Observations & the MET Project."
- The MET project developed a "Validation Engine" that systems will be able to use to analyze their classroom observation instruments themselves to determine the extent of observer agreement and the extent to which results align with student outcomes. Developed by MET project partner Empirical Education, the "Validation Engine" began beta-testing with selected school systems in spring of 2011. This brief described the tool: "Validation Engine for Observation Protocol."
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“By identifying what methods work well in a classroom, we have the potential to improve outcomes for many more of our students.”
- Joel I. Klein,
New York City Department of Education