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ERIC Number: ED518919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-26
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Passing Muster: Evaluating Teacher Evaluation Systems
Glazerman, Steven; Goldhaber, Dan; Loeb, Susanna; Raudenbush, Stephen; Staiger, Douglas; Whitehurst, Grover J.
Brookings Institution
This report addresses the comparison of teacher evaluation systems in the context of a particular administrative and legislative challenge: How a state or the federal government could achieve a uniform standard for dispensing funds to school districts for the recognition of exceptional teachers without imposing a uniform evaluation system on those districts. The authors address and provide practical procedures for determining the reliability of local teacher evaluation systems. They then demonstrate that the reliability of the evaluation system determines the proportion of teachers that a system can identify as exceptional. Thus a school district wanting to accurately recognize the top quartile of teachers as highly effective would only be able to identify some portion of the top 25 percent with confidence given the lack of perfect reliability in the measures of teacher effectiveness that are deployed by the district. Further the portion of the top quartile that could be identified would be greater in an identically sized district that has more reliable measures. A technical appendix is included. (Contains 4 figures and 14 endnotes.) [This paper was written with the assistance of Michelle Croft.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Brookings Institution, Brown Center on Education Policy
IES Cited: ED563445; ED565633; ED552484