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.

Steve Cantrell, Chief Research Officer, College Ready at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,
testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives on the MET Project.

We know that great teaching matters more than anything else within a school. More than class size. More than school funding. More than technology.

Many say "you know it when you see it." But what does great teaching actually look like?

Two-thirds of American teachers feel that current 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. Because without information that leads to meaningful feedback, improving as a teacher can be like learning to play the piano by yourself or learning to play basketball without a coach: It's very tough to get better and to become great without knowing what you're doing right.

The Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project was designed to help teachers and school systems close the gap between their expectations for effective teaching and what is actually happening in classrooms.

The project brought together 3,000 teacher volunteers in six different school districts with dozens of education experts and researchers. The MET project's goal was to build and test measures of effective teaching 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.

Over the past three years, the MET project has provided practical insights and tools that continue to benefit teachers and students in classrooms today. These insights have been shared widely with practitioners and researchers in the hope that they offer support for school districts that are creating and designing their own evaluation systems.

Every teacher knows that preparing students for success takes passion, dedication and skill. The MET project's goal was to attempt to break down and measure those qualities so that other teachers can learn from those who do it best.

“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,
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,
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,
New York City Department of Education