ERIC Number: EJ1074151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Using Test Scores from Students with Disabilities in Teacher Evaluation
Buzick, Heather M.; Jones, Nathan D.
Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, v34 n3 p28-38 Fall 2015
Much of the recent focus of educational policymakers has been on improving the measurement of teacher effectiveness. Linking student growth to teacher effects has been a large part of reform efforts. To date, neither researchers nor practitioners have arrived at a consensus on how to treat test scores from students with disabilities in growth-based teacher effectiveness indicators, despite the fact that these students make up approximately 13% of the K-12 student population. In this study, we leverage longitudinal data from the population of teachers in one state to explore practical questions related to including general assessment scores from students with disabilities in teacher evaluation. Findings suggest that including test scores from students with disabilities allows more teachers to be evaluated and does not substantially affect teachers' scores. Moreover, including disability-related covariates can allow for fairer evaluations for teachers with many students with disabilities in their class.
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Scores, Disabilities, Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Elementary Secondary Education, Longitudinal Studies, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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