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ERIC Number: ED533046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating Student-Teacher Linkage Data in Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) Sites: Acquisition, Verification, and System Development. The Harvesting Project
Watson, Jeffery; Witham, Peter; St. Louis, Timothy
Center for Educator Compensation Reform
The U.S. Department of Education Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) seeks to transform education compensation systems so that principal and teacher performance (measured through classroom productivity measures) connects to compensation. Classroom-level productivity measures require robust student-teacher linkage data. Organizations such as the Value-Added Research Center, the Data Quality Campaign, and Battelle for Kids have recently been paying a great deal of attention to data quality. This paper presents findings from an exploratory study of eight TIF grantees and discusses how they acquired, verified, and managed their student-teacher linkage data through system development. Findings suggest that (a) grantees have multiple avenues for linkage data acquisition, and (b) all TIF grantees must devote considerable effort to verifying the validity of student-teacher linkage data. Furthermore, most of the TIF grantees included in this study are making progress in system development. This paper summarizes findings as a series of six lessons learned that may inform future and on-going compensation reform projects. A bibliography is included. (Contains 2 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Center for Educator Compensation Reform (CECR)