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ERIC Number: ED517378
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
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The Effect of Evaluation on Performance: Evidence from Longitudinal Student Achievement Data of Mid-Career Teachers. NBER Working Paper No. 16877
Taylor, Eric S.; Tyler, John H.
National Bureau of Economic Research
The effect of evaluation on employee performance is traditionally studied in the context of the principal-agent problem. Evaluation can, however, also be characterized as an investment in the evaluated employee's human capital. We study a sample of mid-career public school teachers where we can consider these two types of evaluation effect separately. Employee evaluation is a particularly salient topic in public schools where teacher effectiveness varies substantially and where teacher evaluation itself is increasingly a focus of public policy proposals. We find evidence that a quality classroom-observation-based evaluation and performance measures can improve mid-career teacher performance both during the period of evaluation, consistent with the traditional predictions; and in subsequent years, consistent with human capital investment. However the estimated improvements during evaluation are less precise. Additionally, the effects sizes represent a substantial gain in welfare given the program's costs.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305C090023
IES Cited: ED565633