High performing students ≠ Highly effective teacher

Sheri Lederman may, in fact, be an excellent teacher. But the fact that her fourth-grade class performed well above the New York state average on both the math and English tests is not evidence of her effectiveness. That’s because overall scores such as these have long been known to be more a measure of the quality

Test scores aren’t perfect— and neither are classroom observations

Critics of using student test scores to evaluate teachers often point to research that shows there is a limitation to using student test scores to evaluate teachers. Due to such limitations, critics argue, student test scores shouldn’t be used to evaluate teachers. Critics typically go on to argue, if teachers are to be evaluated they

Gates Foundation report mirrors CPE’s findings

On Tuesday, the Gates Foundation released its third and final report on how (and if) teacher effectiveness can be quantitatively evaluated. Appropriately titled, Measures of Effective Teaching or MET, the findings were hardly earth-shattering but noteworthy nonetheless. Why? The sheer size of the project— it spanned three years, cost $45 million, studied 3,000 teachers from