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Pivovarova, Margarita; Amrein-Beardsley, Audrey – Educational Assessment, 2018
While states are no longer required to set up teacher evaluation systems based in significant part on student test scores, quite a few continue to use value-added (VAMs) or student growth percentile (SGP) models for that purpose. In this study, we analyzed three years of teacher data to illustrate the performance of teachers' median growth…
Descriptors: Growth Models, Teacher Evaluation, Value Added Models, Reliability
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Amrein-Beardsley, Audrey; Polasky, Sarah; Holloway-Libell, Jessica – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2016
One urban district in the state of Arizona sought to use an alternative achievement test (i.e., the Northwest Evaluation Association's (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress for Primary Grades (MAP)) to include more value-added ineligible teachers in the districts' growth and merit pay system. The goal was to allow for its K-2 teachers to be more…
Descriptors: Value Added Models, Teacher Evaluation, Elementary School Teachers, Urban Areas
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Amrein-Beardsley, Audrey; Barnett, Joshua H. – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2012
Over the previous two decades, the era of accountability has amplified efforts to measure educational effectiveness more than Edward Thorndike, the father of educational measurement, likely would have imagined. Expressly, the measurement structure for evaluating educational effectiveness continues to rely increasingly on one sole…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Assessment, Educational Quality, Measurement
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Amrein-Beardsley, Audrey; Osborn Popp, Sharon E. – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2012
Teacher educators piloted the use of the Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP), a peer observation instrument associated with increases in learning in science and mathematics teacher education courses. Faculty participants received a series of trainings in RTOP use and rated each other's teaching during multiple peer observations. The…
Descriptors: Education Courses, Observation, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Educators
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Haladyna, Thomas M.; Amrein-Beardsley, Audrey – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2009
As a preparer of students for the profession of teaching, a college, school, or department of education in higher education has an expectation that instructors teach competently. In higher education, the student survey of instruction is one of the most important among other indicators of teaching effectiveness. This article presents a validation…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Validity, Student Surveys, Guidance