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ERIC Number: EJ1149540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3737
Investing in Development: Six High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools Implement the Massachusetts Teacher Evaluation Policy
Reinhorn, Stefanie K.; Johnson, Susan Moore; Simon, Nicole S.
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v39 n3 p383-406 Sep 2017
We studied how six high-performing, high-poverty schools in one large Massachusetts city implemented the state's new teacher evaluation policy. The sample includes traditional, turnaround, restart, and charter schools, each of which had received the state's highest accountability rating. We sought to learn how these successful schools approached teacher evaluation, including classroom observations, feedback, and summative ratings. We interviewed 142 teachers and administrators and analyzed data using sensemaking theory, which considers how individuals' knowledge and beliefs, the context in which they work, and the policy stimuli they encounter affect implementation. All schools prioritized the goal of developing their teachers over holding them accountable. The spillover effects of additional policies affected how these schools approached implementation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
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