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ERIC Number: ED510905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 76
Measuring and Improving the Effectiveness of High School Teachers. Issue Brief
Alliance for Excellent Education
Most education reformers agree that effective teaching is defined by improving student learning, but they disagree on how to measure teacher effectiveness and how to use those measurements to improve teaching. In order to improve high school teaching, educators and policymakers must first invest in solid, objective ways to measure a teacher's effectiveness. Currently, many experts believe that the best method is to use "value-added" analysis, a statistical method described in more detail later in this brief. However, value-added analysis is not a perfect measure, and it works best when supplemented with other measures of student learning and of teacher knowledge and skill. With robust, multiple measures of teacher effectiveness, complemented by targeted professional development, high-quality evaluations, and smart accountability, educators and policymakers can indeed use effectiveness measures to improve the quality of high school teaching. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
Alliance for Excellent Education. 1201 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 901, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-828-0828; Fax: 202-828-0821; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: MetLife Foundation
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education