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ERIC Number: ED535859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness: How Teacher Performance Assessments Can Measure and Improve Teaching
Darling-Hammond, Linda
Center for American Progress
Parents, practitioners, and policymakers agree that the key to improving public education in America is placing highly skilled and effective teachers in all classrooms. Yet the nation still lacks a practical set of standards and assessments that can guarantee that teachers, particularly new teachers, are well prepared and ready to teach. This report discusses a promising approach to the question of how to measure teacher effectiveness. Specifically, it describes the ways in which assessments of teacher performance for licensing and certification can both reflect and predict teachers' success with children so that they can not only inform personnel decisions, but also leverage improvements in preparation, mentoring, and professional development. It outlines progress in the field of teacher assessment development and discusses policies that could create much greater leverage on the quality of teacher preparation and teaching than has previously existed in the United States. (Contains 3 figures, 1 table, and 35 endnotes.)
Center for American Progress. 1333 H Street NW 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-682-1611; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress
IES Cited: ED565834