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Kane, Thomas J.; Blazar, David; Gehlbach, Hunter; Greenberg, Miriam; Quinn, David M.; Thal, Daniel – Education Finance and Policy, 2020
Teacher evaluation reform has been among the most controversial education reforms in recent years. It also is one of the costliest in terms of the time teachers and principals must spend on classroom observations. We conducted a randomized field trial at four sites to evaluate whether substituting teacher-collected videos for in-person…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Teacher Attitudes
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Anderson, D. Mark; Walker, Mary Beth – Education Finance and Policy, 2015
School districts use a variety of policies to close budget gaps and stave off teacher layoffs and furloughs. More schools are implementing four-day school weeks to reduce overhead and transportation costs. The four-day week requires substantial schedule changes as schools must increase the length of their school day to meet minimum instructional…
Descriptors: School Schedules, Board of Education Policy, Educational Finance, Budgeting
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Briggs, Derek C.; Weeks, Jonathan P. – Education Finance and Policy, 2009
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the sensitivity of growth and value-added modeling to the way an underlying vertical score scale has been created. Longitudinal item-level data were analyzed with both student- and school-level identifiers for the entire state of Colorado between 2003 and 2006. Eight different vertical scales were…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Measurement Techniques, Models, Longitudinal Studies