ERIC Number: ED464915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-1
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Teacher Evaluation: A Review of the Literature.
Colby, Susan A.; Bradshaw, Lynn K.; Joyner, Randy L.
The teacher evaluation literature was reviewed to discover insights to further the understanding of teacher evaluation. Information was gathered from a review of the empirical research and theoretical literature related to teacher evaluation through more than 30 ERIC searches. A matrix was developed to summarize the findings from each research study and theoretical article or book. Findings were coded by topic, and the topics were grouped by general theme. Findings were categorized into five criteria that can be used to determine the effectiveness of a teacher evaluation system. These criteria are: (1) purposes for evaluation match the methods or procedures; (2) district commitment is evident in sound policies and practices and appropriate allocation of time and resources; (3) teacher evaluation is tightly connected to district priorities and school functions; (4) educational leaders play a strong, positive role in evaluation; and (5) the evaluation environment is supportive of ongoing professional learning. These criteria served as a foundation for effective teacher evaluation beginning in the 1980s and can serve as a framework for guiding research and educator efforts to strengthen teacher evaluation. An appendix compares research-based criteria with expert guidelines. (Contains 102 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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