ERIC Number: EJ918729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
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What's in a Rating?
Jacob, Brian A.; Walsh, Elias
Economics of Education Review, v30 n3 p434-448 Jun 2011
We examine the relationship between the formal ratings that principals give teachers and a variety of observable teacher characteristics, including proxies for productivity. Prior work has shown that principals can differentiate between more and less effective teachers, especially at the tails of the quality distribution, and that subjective evaluations of teachers are strongly correlated with subsequent student achievement. However, whereas prior work has relied on survey data, we consider formal ratings from a setting in which the stakes are reasonably high. We find that the ratings are correlated with an array of teacher qualities including experience for young teachers, education credentials, and teacher absenteeism. Our finding that principals reward qualities of teachers known to be related to student productivity provides reason to be optimistic about policies that would assign more weight to principal evaluations of teachers in career decisions and compensation.
Descriptors: Merit Rating, Principals, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Characteristics, Productivity, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Attendance, Credentials, Teaching Experience, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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