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de Lima, Jorge Ávila; Silva, Maria João Tavares – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2018
This paper reports the main findings of a study that sought to understand how teachers and department heads perceived and experienced the implementation of a classroom observation system in a teacher evaluation context. The data was collected through a teacher and department head survey and interviews with department heads who were responsible for…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Observation, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes
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Reddy, Linda A.; Dudek, Christopher M.; Peters, Stephanie; Alperin, Alexander; Kettler, Ryan J.; Kurz, Alexander – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2018
This study examined attitudes and beliefs regarding teacher evaluation of teachers and their school administrators in the state of New Jersey, USA. The sample included 33 school administrators and 583 Pre-K through 12th grade teachers from four high-poverty urban school districts (22 schools). Participant attitudes and beliefs were assessed using…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Beliefs, Teacher Evaluation
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Lei, Xiaoxuan; Li, Hongli; Leroux, Audrey J. – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2018
Classroom observations have been increasingly used for teacher evaluations, and it is important to examine the measurement quality and the use of observation ratings. When a teacher is observed in multiple classrooms, his or her observation ratings may vary across classrooms. In that case, using ratings from one classroom per teacher may not be…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Observation, Mathematics Instruction
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Bonner, Sarah M.; Torres Rivera, Camila; Chen, Peggy P. – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2018
We sought to understand how teachers' perspectives on standards-based instructional practices, classroom assessment, and external testing do or do not show coherence and alignment. Based on survey methods (n = 155) and interviews with a sample of secondary school teachers (n = 9) in a large urban district in the USA, we explored general trends and…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Secondary School Teachers, Urban Schools, Academic Standards
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Murchan, Damian – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2018
Assessments and examinations play a critical role in certifying student achievement in secondary education. Prompted by concerns about the negative effects of examinations on curriculum, teaching and learning, elements of School-Based Assessment (SBA) have been introduced into certification systems, sometimes modelled on practice in other…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Student Evaluation
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Zuber, Julia; Altrichter, Herbert – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2018
The policy of performance standards aims for quality improvement in schools by stimulating teachers to plan and organize their teaching according to competence-based performance standards (competence-based teaching) and to use performance data feedback from national standard-based assessments for evidence-based teaching development. The research…
Descriptors: Role, Teacher Characteristics, Educational Change, Locus of Control
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Gaertner, Holger; Brunner, Martin – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2018
In many countries, students are asked about their perceptions of teaching in order to make decisions about the further development of teaching practices on the basis of this feedback. The stability of this measurement of teaching quality is a prerequisite for the ability to generalize the results to other teaching situations. The present study…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Educational Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance
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Young, Cornelius; McNamara, Gerry; Brown, Martin; O'Hara, Joe – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2018
The concept of data-informed decision making (DIDM), a term used interchangeably with data-driven decision making (DDDM) and data-based decision making (DBDM), is relatively new to Irish education and the school planning process. This research sought to clarify what data principals use and how they use that information for school improvement…
Descriptors: Data, Decision Making, Evidence Based Practice, Leadership
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Mintrop, Rick; Pryor, Laura; Ordenes, Miguel – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2018
Evaluators frequently confront situations in which local programs struggle to meet the expectations and requirements specified by the external program funder. How can evaluators meaningfully evaluate programs (for both the funder and grantee) in situations in which the external program logic clashes with local complexities? This paper discusses…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Systems Approach, Evaluation Methods, Merit Pay
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Ford, Timothy G. – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2018
Spurred by "Race to the Top," efforts to improve teacher evaluation systems have provided states with an opportunity to get teacher evaluation right. Despite the fact that a core reform area of "Race to the Top" was the use of teacher evaluation to provide on-going and meaningful feedback for instructional decision making, we…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, High Stakes Tests
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Zeng, Wenjie; Huang, Fuquan; Yu, Lu; Chen, Siyu – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2018
Learning-oriented assessment (LOA), a concept coined by Carless, has emerged in Europe, Canada, the USA, and the Asia-Pacific Region as an alternative assessment methodology. LOA evolved from both summative assessment and formative assessment, and its framework comprises three integrated components, assessment for learning, assessment as learning,…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Student Evaluation, Learning, State of the Art Reviews
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Zhou, Xingguo; Kallo, Johanna; Rinne, Risto; Suominen, Olli – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2018
This article examines the reforms of basic education inspection in China since 1977, which is accomplished by drawing from a historical institutionalism approach. The empirical analysis is based on policy documents and laws and is supplemented with interview materials. Throughout this work, we have identified three distinct periods: the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inspection, Educational History, Educational Change
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Sloat, Edward; Amrein-Beardsley, Audrey; Holloway, Jessica – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2018
In this study, researchers compared the concordance of teacher-level effectiveness ratings derived via six common generalized value-added model (VAM) approaches including a (1) student growth percentile (SGP) model, (2) value-added linear regression model (VALRM), (3) value-added hierarchical linear model (VAHLM), (4) simple difference (gain)…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Value Added Models, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Evaluation
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Quintelier, Amy; Vanhoof, Jan; De Maeyer, Sven – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2018
Despite the developmental perspective of school inspections, teachers in inspected schools are not always willing to accept the school inspection's feedback for their further improvement of teaching and learning processes. Literature distinguishes several aspects of feedback that stimulate or hinder the acceptance of feedback, such as recipient's…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Emotional Response, Inspection, Feedback (Response)
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Guo, Wei; Lu, Jiafang – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2018
The past decade has witnessed growing interest in the study of the perceptual differences between principals and teachers, and a number of inconsistent results have been documented. This study examined differences between principals' and teachers' perceptions of principal instructional leadership and tested the hypothesis that power distance (PD)…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Principals, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes
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