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ERIC Number: ED520828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 62
Abstractor: ERIC
A Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems: A Tool to Assist in the Development of Teacher Evaluation Systems
Goe, Laura; Holdheide, Lynn; Miller, Tricia
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality
Across the nation, states and districts are in the process of building better teacher evaluation systems that not only identify highly effective teachers but also systematically provide data and feedback that can be used to improve teacher practice. "A Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems" is a tool designed to assist states and districts in constructing high-quality teacher evaluation systems in an effort to improve teaching and learning. This tool is not a step-by-step guide to devising a teacher evaluation system. Rather, it is intended to facilitate discussion and promote coherence in the development process. The guide begins with an overview of the factors influencing teacher evaluation reform today and continues with a discussion of approaches to balancing state accountability and district autonomy. The next section of the guide is structured around the following essential components of the design process as supported through research: (1) Component 1: Specifying Evaluation System Goals; (2) Component 2: Securing and Sustaining Stakeholder Investment and Cultivating a Strategic Communication Plan; (3) Component 3: Selecting Measures; (4) Component 4: Determining the Structure of the Evaluation System; (5) Component 5: Selecting and Training Evaluators; (6) Component 6: Ensuring Data Integrity and Transparency; (7) Component 7: Using Teacher Evaluation Results; and (8) Component 8: Evaluating the System. Each subsection includes an overview of the component, resources and practical examples, and a series of guiding questions designed to help states organize their work and move strategically toward an evaluation system that functions to improve student learning and teacher performance. A summary of measures is appended. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality
IES Cited: ED548539; ED552484