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ERIC Number: ED529895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
What Works Clearinghouse Quick Review: "Gathering Feedback for Teachers: Combining High-Quality Observations with Student Surveys and Achievement Gains"
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This study examined five instruments used to assess the effectiveness of teacher practices based on classroom observations. The study first examined whether observers could reliably assess teachers with each instrument, and then examined how well each instrument, along with other information, predicted student achievement. The study reported that, in order to reliably assess a teacher using the instruments, it was necessary to combine scores from multiple lessons and observers. It also found that teachers' observation scores were positively related to their students' achievement test scores, particularly when the observation scores for teachers were combined with students' feedback on their classroom environments. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) only reviews studies that examine the impact of particular programs, policies, or practices on student outcomes. This study provides information on how to assess teacher practices reliably in the classroom and identifies some classroom observation tools that are correlated with student achievement. However, it does not examine the impacts on student outcomes associated with performance measures of teachers and, therefore, it is not eligible for review by the WWC. [The following study is reviewed in this What Works Clearinghouse Quick Review: Kane, T. J., & Staiger, D. O. (2012). "Gathering Feedback for Teachers: Combining High-Quality Observations with Student Surveys and Achievement Gains."]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)