ERIC Number: EJ1155787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
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The Sensitivity of Teacher Performance Ratings to the Design of Teacher Evaluation Systems
Steinberg, Matthew P.; Kraft, Matthew A.
Educational Researcher, v46 n7 p378-396 Oct 2017
In recent years, states and districts have responded to federal incentives and pressure to institute major reforms to their teacher evaluation systems. The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015 now provides state policymakers with even greater autonomy to redesign existing evaluation systems. Yet, little evidence exists to inform decisions about two key system design features: teacher performance measure weights and performance ratings thresholds. Using data from the Measures of Effective Teaching study, we conduct simulation-based analyses that illustrate the critical role that performance measure weights and ratings thresholds play in determining teachers' summative evaluation ratings and the distribution of teacher proficiency rates. These findings offer insights to policymakers and administrators as they refine and possibly remake teacher evaluation systems.
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Summative Evaluation, Value Added Models, Rating Scales, Academic Achievement, Observation, Design, Statistical Analysis
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