ERIC Number: EJ1115392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
The Future of Teacher Evaluation
Steinberg, Matthew P.
State Education Standard, v16 n3 p6-12, 43 Sep 2016
Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015 signaled a new era for teacher evaluation reform. Under ESSA, states and districts have greater autonomy to design and implement teacher evaluation systems independent of federal influence. This new flexibility brings with it new responsibilities and challenges for states and districts as they consider ways to improve their current teacher evaluation systems--which teacher performance measures to choose, how to weight them, how to combine them, and where to set the rating thresholds that determine teacher effectiveness. This article identifies these key challenges and opportunities, and poses a series of questions for policymakers and school leaders to consider as they undertake revisions to their existing evaluation systems. These queries should inform state and district leaders on the issues involved in redesigning teacher evaluation systems and the potential consequences of their decisions.
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Educational Change, School District Autonomy, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Value Added Models, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Teacher Effectiveness, Reliability, Validity, Formative Evaluation, Classroom Observation Techniques, Evaluators, Student Educational Objectives, Student Surveys, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Scores, Summative Evaluation, Context Effect
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Race to the Top
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