ERIC Number: ED469164
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-1
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Improving Teacher Evaluation for Increasing Student Learning.
Xu, Shuli; Sinclair, Robert L.
The major purpose of this study was to discover whether existing practices for evaluating instruction are intended to help elementary school teachers improve student learning. The study examined similarities and differences in the perceptions of teachers and principals about teacher evaluation and analyzed the degrees to which evaluation of instruction is intended to provide information teachers may use to increase student learning. Perceptions about whether evaluation is effective in improving student learning were also studied, and ideas about changes to make evaluation more meaningful were elicited. Two samples of elementary schools were used. One consisted of 34 schools, general Schools, selected at random. The other included five demographically different schools affiliated with the Massachusetts Coalition for the Advancement in Learning, Target Schools. Interviews were conducted with teachers and principals in the target schools. Overall, teacher evaluations were perceived as a means for accountability, teacher effectiveness, and the improvement of curriculum. Only 7 of 39 principals believed that the purpose of teacher evaluation was to improve student achievement and enhance student learning. Teachers and principals from the target schools were more aware of improvement of student learning as a goal.Teacher attitudes about evaluation procedures and some recommendations for the improvement of evaluation were noted. (Contains 64 references.)(SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts