ERIC Number: ED278105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Apr-20
The Use of Student Evaluation in the Assessment of Teacher Competence.
Savage, Tom V.; McCord, Marsha K.
A review of the literature suggests that student evaluations, contrary to popular belief, can be valid sources of data about teaching performance when care is taken in the planning and administration of the evaluation procedure. This study sought to determine if a difference is made in the assessment of teacher competence when student evaluation data are added to supervisor evaluations. Fifty-one elementary, middle, junior high, and high school principals were asked to evaluate seven teachers. One-third of the principals were given only school district summative evaluation data. The other two-thirds were given summative evaluation data as well as student evaluations. Findings indicate that student evaluation data do not significantly alter the assessment of teacher competency. The majority of principals perceive student evaluation data as less reliable than supervisory ratings, even though those ratings might be based on a limited sample of teacher behavior. If the teacher evaluation process is to move forward, a variety of data sources, including student evaluations, should be added to the traditional classroom observation. Appended are a table, 14 references, and an appendix consisting of (1) sample school district teacher evaluation forms, (2) a sample teacher fact sheet, and (3) samples of student evaluation forms. (IW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
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