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ERIC Number: ED556489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Evaluation of Educators and Educator Preparation Programs: Models and Systems in Theory and Practice. WCER Working Paper No. 2014-6
Meyer, Robert; Pyatigorsky, Mikhail; Rice, Andrew
Wisconsin Center for Education Research
Student growth measures are increasingly common in K-12 school and teacher accountability policy in the United States. At this time, it is still rare for educator preparation programs (EPPs) to be evaluated by similar measures for either low stakes program improvement or higher stakes accreditation processes. Growth in student achievement reflects the contributions of multiple people and multiple entities, including EPPs, via their roles in selecting educators into the profession and providing candidates with education and training. This paper presents a partial list of technical considerations that researchers, policy makers, and, ultimately, EPPs must address when trying to measure or manage performance. We identify two categories of considerations: those that affect the calculation of teacher value added, and those that affect the aggregation of teacher estimates to the EPP level. Consistent with the current literature, we distinguish the effects of preparation programs on teacher performance from the effects of selection into programs and into districts/schools. One of the most perplexing conclusions of several recent papers is the lack of correlation between teachers' training institution and on-the-job performance. We demonstrate how this result can be generated through a teacher-school matching process under certain labor market conditions. Support for this research was provided by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research