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Goe, Laura; Biggers, Kietha; Croft, Andrew – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2012
Recently, teacher evaluation has become a major focus in educational policy debates and research efforts. This increased attention to teacher evaluation has raised questions about the relationship between evaluation and student outcomes. Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain (2005) and others have demonstrated with value-added research that there are…
Descriptors: Evidence, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Accountability
Goe, Laura; Holdheide, Lynn – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2011
The growing need for more information about measuring teachers' contributions to student learning growth, particularly in nontested subjects and grades, is the impetus for this Research & Policy Brief. Although the research base in this area is disappointingly limited, the brief includes considerations and suggestions based on current models…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Instructional Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness, School Districts
Archibald, Sarah; Coggshall, Jane G.; Croft, Andrew; Goe, Laura – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2011
This Research & Policy Brief addresses the aspect of the teacher support system that is perhaps the most important and often the most weakly implemented: teacher learning and development. This brief includes the following to help state and district leaders select professional learning activities that are worth the allocation of scarce resources:…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teachers, Evaluation Methods, Resource Allocation
Goe, Laura; Holdheide, Lynn; Miller, Tricia – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2011
Across the nation, states and districts are in the process of building better teacher evaluation systems that not only identify highly effective teachers but also systematically provide data and feedback that can be used to improve teacher practice. "A Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems" is a tool…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Teacher Effectiveness, Evaluators, Teacher Evaluation
Holdheide, Lynn R.; Goe, Laura; Croft, Andrew; Reschly, Daniel J. – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2010
Current emphasis on teacher effectiveness in educational policy poses a challenge for the evaluation of special education teachers and English language learner (ELL) specialists. Most evaluation systems focus on student achievement and teacher practice; however, few systems have the capacity to differentiate among specialty area educators, address…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Special Education Teachers, Educational Policy, Special Education
Imazeki, Jennifer; Goe, Laura – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2009
States have been working on strategies to address the equitable distribution of teachers for a number of years. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, specifically calls for states to identify and address the inequitable distribution of highly qualified, experienced…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Teacher Distribution
Goe, Laura; Croft, Andrew – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2009
In "Approaches to Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness: A Research Synthesis" published by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (TQ Center), ways of evaluating teachers were compared (Goe, Bell, & Little, 2008). This brief compares two of the methods discussed in that synthesis--value-added measures and classroom observations--and…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness, Evaluation Methods, Teaching Methods
Little, Olivia; Goe, Laura; Bell, Courtney – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2009
There are many different conceptions of teacher effectiveness, and defining it is complex and sometimes generates controversy. Teacher effectiveness is often defined as the ability to produce gains in student achievement scores. This prevailing concept of teacher effectiveness is far too narrow, and this guide presents an expanded view of what…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, Measurement, Teaching Methods
Goe, Laura; Bell, Courtney; Little, Olivia – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2008
This research synthesis examines how teacher effectiveness is currently measured. By evaluating the research on teacher effectiveness and the different instruments used to measure it, this research synthesis contributes to the discussion of appropriate rigor and relevance of measures for different purposes (i.e., formative vs. summative…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Summative Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Achievement Gains
Goe, Laura; Stickler, Leslie M. – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2008
While many studies attest that some teachers contribute more to their students' academic growth than other teachers, research has not been very successful at identifying the specific teacher qualifications, characteristics, and classroom practices that are most likely to improve student learning. Unfortunately, this is just the information that…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Qualifications, Standardized Tests, Academic Achievement
Goe, Laura – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2007
Federal law emphasizes the need for states and districts to ensure that "all" students--particularly at-risk students, minority students, and students in high-poverty areas--have access to highly qualified, experienced teachers. But is it sufficient for a teacher to have "paper" qualifications and teaching experience? After all, appropriate…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, At Risk Students
Goe, Laura; Coggshall, Jane – National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, 2007
The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationships between preservice teacher preparation, teacher in-service practice, and outcomes for students with special needs. A fuller understanding of the "teacher preparation greater than teacher practice greater than student outcomes" connection will inform teacher preparation programs as they work…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Special Needs Students