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ERIC Number: ED560211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Peer Evaluation of Teachers in Maricopa County's Teacher Incentive Fund Program
Milanowski, Anthony; Heneman, Herbert G., III; Finster, Matthew
Teacher Incentive Fund, US Department of Education
This case study describes the peer evaluation system the Maricopa County Educational Services Agency (MCESA) is using in the districts participating in its Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) 3 and 4 grants. Maricopa County's TIF districts cover much of the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area. Including both TIF 3 and 4 cohorts, 12 districts with a total of 82 schools are participating in the TIF project. This brief first discusses the potential advantages and challenges of implementing peer evaluation and then describes the design and evolution of MCESA's peer evaluation process and what is currently known about its impact on teachers and school leaders. The results of teacher evaluation results indicate that the peer evaluation process results in a more symmetric distribution of teacher effectiveness many have expected more rigorous evaluation systems to yield. The article concludes by presenting the lessons MCESA learned in operating the peer evaluation program since the 2012-13 school year.
Teacher Incentive Fund, US Department of Education. Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, 400 Maryland Avenue S.W. Room 3E245, Washington, DC 20202. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education (ED), Office of Innovation and Improvement
Identifiers - Location: Arizona