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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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Lavigne, Alyson Leah; Chamberlain, Roger Wade – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2017
The aim of the current study is to assess school leaders' perceptions and practices in the context of a new policy that emphasizes teacher evaluation. The study draws from survey data of 606 K-12 school leaders in the USA in a state implementing a new teacher evaluation model under Race to the Top. Findings illustrate that school leaders spent…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Administrators, Faculty Development, Instructional Leadership
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Minor, Elizabeth Covay; Porter, Andrew C.; Murphy, Joseph; Goldring, Ellen; Elliott, Stephen N. – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2017
The Vanderbilt Assessment for Leadership in Education (VAL-ED) is a 360-degree learning-centered behaviors principal evaluation tool that includes ratings from the principal, supervisors, and teachers. The current study assesses the test-retest reliability of the VAL-ED for a sample of seven school districts as part of multiple validity and…
Descriptors: Administrator Evaluation, Principals, Test Reliability, Test Validity
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Briggs, Derek C.; Dadey, Nathan – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2017
Results from a sample of 1,013 Georgia principals who rated 12,617 teachers are used to compare holistic and analytic principal judgments with indicators of student growth central to the state's teacher evaluation system. Holistic principal judgments were compared to mean student growth percentiles (MGPs) and analytic judgments from a formal…
Descriptors: Correlation, Protocol Analysis, Classroom Observation Techniques, Academic Achievement
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Santelices, Maria Veronica; Valencia, Edgar; Gonzalez, Jorge; Taut, Sandy – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2017
This research examines empirically the relationship between two measures of teacher quality: one based on professional standards and a second one using teacher value-added estimates. It also studies the extent to which teacher observable characteristics, such as teacher training variables, are associated to better performance on either of these…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Context Effect, Foreign Countries, Value Added Models
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Ebbeler, Johanna; Poortman, Cindy L.; Schildkamp, Kim; Pieters, Jules M. – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2017
Schools in many different countries are increasingly expected to use data for school improvement. However, schools struggle with the implementation of data use, because building human capacity around data use in education has not received enough attention. Educators urgently need to develop data literacy skills for being able to use data. For…
Descriptors: Intervention, Information Literacy, Information Utilization, Data
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Maag Merki, Katharina; Oerke, Britta – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2017
This study extends previous research investigating the effects of state-wide exit exams by studying the change from a class-based to a state-wide exit exam system over 5 years, using multilevel analyses and examining mediating effects of teachers' practices on students' motivational orientations. In this multi-cohort study, we analyzed in…
Descriptors: Exit Examinations, State Programs, Program Implementation, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Dedering, Kathrin; Sowada, Moritz G. – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2017
School inspections have become an important instrument of quality assurance and quality development in many European countries. So far, the focus of empirical research on school inspections has been on the acceptance of the procedure among the school-internal actors, its influence for internal quality development and its effects on student…
Descriptors: Inspection, Administrative Policy, Administrative Principles, Teamwork
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