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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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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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Penk, Christiane; Richter, Dirk – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2017
Since the turn of the century, an increasing number of low-stakes assessments (i.e., assessments without direct consequences for the test-takers) are being used to evaluate the quality of educational systems. Internationally, research has shown that low-stakes test results can be biased due to students' low test-taking motivation and that…
Descriptors: Test Wiseness, Student Motivation, Academic Achievement, Cognitive Tests
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Takashiro, Naomi – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2017
The author examined the simultaneous influence of Japanese middle school student and school socioeconomic status (SES) on student math achievement with two-level multilevel analysis models by utilizing the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) Japan data sets. The theoretical framework used in this study was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Middle School Students, Socioeconomic Status
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