MET White Paper


Thank you for your interest in the MET Project.

Working with Teachers to Develop Fair and Reliable
Measures of Effective Teaching (MET)

No school-based factor matters more for a student's learning than having an effective teacher. The goal of the MET project is to improve the quality of information about teaching effectiveness available to education professionals within states and districts— information that will help them build fair and reliable systems for teacher observation that can be used for a variety of purposes, including feedback, development, and continuous improvement. This information will include videotaped classroom observations, student surveys, tests of teachers' pedagogical content knowledge, and analyses of student assessment data to examine achievement gains over time. A close analysis of these indicators will help establish which teaching practices, skills, and knowledge positively impact student learning.

About the Report

This is the first in a series of MET project publications, and provides an overview of the study design.

Title: Working with Teachers to Develop Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching
(PDF, 3MB, 16 pages)
Prepared by: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Date Published: 2010

“Educators know all too well that one-dimensional indicators such as test scores can't begin to capture the complexities of effective teaching and learning. This study promises to look at the bigger picture, and we view it as an important opportunity to be proactive about our profession.”
- Michael Mulgrew,
President,
United Federation of Teachers