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ERIC Number: EJ1051313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
The Stability of Observational and Student Survey Measures of Teaching Effectiveness
Polikoff, Morgan S.
American Journal of Education, v121 n2 p183-212 Feb 2015
Responding to federal policy and recent research, states and districts have developed and begun implementing multiple-measure teacher evaluation systems. These systems generally include observational and/or student survey measures of instructional quality alongside measures of teachers' contributions to student learning (e.g., value-added models [VAMs]). While the research base on VAMs is large and growing, less is known about the measures of instructional quality. This study focuses on the year-to-year stability of observational and student survey measures, drawing on data from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) study. Results suggest that the observational and student survey measures used in MET are somewhat more stable than measures of teachers' contributions to student learning, but the stability is lower than that found in comparable measures in higher education. Nevertheless, reclassification rates based on these measures are high, particularly when based on criterion-referenced cut scores.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Florida; New York; North Carolina; Tennessee; Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Race to the Top
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
IES Cited: ED563447; ED563446