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ERIC Number: EJ1050025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-10
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: EISSN-1068 2341
Sorting out the Signal: Do Multiple Measures of Teachers' Effectiveness Provide Consistent Information to Teachers and Principals?
Strunk, Katharine O.; Weinstein, Tracey L.; Makkonen, Reino
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v22 n100 Nov 2014
There is increasing policy interest in the use of standards-based multiple measure teacher evaluation systems that include both observational and value-added measures of teacher effectiveness. The growing literature that assesses the relationships between these measures does so mainly in academic settings using a validity lens. While valuable in their own right, this evidence from research-based settings provides little evidence about how teachers and principals receive the different signals from multiple measures of effectiveness when implemented in district contexts. Using pairwise correlations and a series of ordinary least squares regressions, this study assesses the relationships between value-added measures of teacher effectiveness and an observational measure of teacher practice as implemented in a district's pilot of a new standards-based multiple-measure teacher evaluation system. We find moderate correlations between value-added and observation-based measures, indicating that teachers will receive similar but not entirely consistent signals from each performance measure. We conclude by highlighting considerations for districts working to develop and implement standards-based multiple-measure teacher evaluation systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California