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More on flawed classroom observation

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Scintillant, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Another to add to the pile


    As states and districts implement more rigorous teacher evaluation systems, measures of teacher performance are increasingly being used to support instruction and inform retention decisions. Classroom observations take a central role in these systems, accounting for the majority of teacher ratings upon which accountability decisions are based. Using data from the Measures of Effective Teaching study, we explore the extent to which classroom composition influences measured teacher performance based on classroom observation scores. The context in which teachers work—most notably, the incoming academic performance of their students—plays a critical role in determining teachers’ measured performance. Furthermore, the intentional sorting of teachers to students has a significant influence on measured performance. Implications for high-stakes teacher accountability policies are discussed.
  2. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    This is getting a lot of views. I hope people find it useful.
  3. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Basically, if you have brighter kids in your class you teach better?
  4. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Essentially, yes. Bias due to prior attainment

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