ERIC Number: EJ1018910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 90
How Teacher Evaluation Methods Matter for Accountability: A Comparative Analysis of Teacher Effectiveness Ratings by Principals and Teacher Value-Added Measures
Harris, Douglas N.; Ingle, William K.; Rutledge, Stacey A.
American Educational Research Journal, v51 n1 p73-112 Feb 2014
Policymakers are revolutionizing teacher evaluation by attaching greater stakes to student test scores and observation-based teacher effectiveness measures, but relatively little is known about why they often differ so much. Quantitative analysis of thirty schools suggests that teacher value-added measures and informal principal evaluations are positively, but weakly, correlated. Qualitative analysis suggests that some principals give high value-added teachers low ratings because the teachers exert too little effort and are "lone wolves" who work in isolation and contribute little to the school community. The results suggest that the method of evaluation may not only affect which specific teachers are rewarded in the short term, but shape the qualities of teacher and teaching students experience in the long term.
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Accountability, Comparative Analysis, Teacher Effectiveness, Principals, Merit Rating, Outcome Measures, Correlation, Teacher Characteristics, Interviews, Administrator Attitudes, Academic Achievement, Teacher Influence
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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