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ERIC Number: ED306311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Developing and Evaluating a Method of Using Student Performance and Attitude Data as a Measure of Teacher Effectiveness.
Brauchle, Paul E.; And Others
The results of the first year of study of an approach in Tennessee using student performance assessments in the evaluation of teachers are summarized and the results of a field test on student performance and attitude are presented. The Tennessee approach places the responsibility for selecting and presenting the data on the teachers. About 130 trained evaluators in individual face-to-face meetings with teachers attempted to ascertain the teacher's performance on two items they presented: (1) evidence of student academic achievement commensurate with student background/ability; and (2) evidence of improvement in student attitude toward learning. Results from a sample of 201 teachers--out of the 1,745 Tennessee Career Ladder teachers who were evaluated in 1985-86--were used. There was limited reliability in the measurement of the two items since evaluators' ratings on them differed widely for the same teachers. The evaluators appeared to have developed unique operational definitions of the scale points. The scales were valid in that the scale point definitions suggested by evaluator comments on the dialogues matched the semantically developed anchor point definition. Based on these results, an operational definition for five scale anchor points was constructed. Findings suggest that the performance items should not be used in their present form as part of the Career Ladder scores for teachers, but should be continued as field test items. Evaluators should receive specific training in the meaning and definitions of the scale points and how to reliably assess documentation on student performance. If evaluators are adequately trained, student performance and attitude data as presented by teachers can become a reliable part of a teacher evaluation system. (SLD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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