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Education Policy Center, Michigan State University

The push for accountability in public schooling has extended to the measurement of teacher performance, accelerated by federal efforts through Race to the Top. Currently, a large number of states and districts across the country are computing measures of teacher performance based on the standardized test scores of their students and using them to help categorize teachers as effective or ineffective. With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in the majority of states and the development of specific sets of assessments that align with them, it is particularly urgent to open up the field right now to talk about the best way to compute teacher performance measures based on the evidence that has been compiled. On October 10-11, 2013, a conference took place that brought together more than 80 researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners from across the U.S. to discuss how to promote best practices in constructing and implementing value-added and growth measures of teacher performance. The primary goal of the conference was to make a positive impact on policy at a critical point in time, by: (1) raising awareness regarding the strengths and weaknesses of different methods of computing teacher performance measures; and (2) discussing how to disseminate this information in a way that will enable school systems to make informed choices as they implement teacher evaluation systems.

Descriptors: Scores, Outcome Measures, Student Records, Teacher Evaluation, Theory Practice Relationship, Standardized Tests, Best Practices, Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Consciousness Raising, Information Dissemination, Knowledge Management, Conferences (Gatherings), Evaluation Criteria, Measurement Objectives, Measurement Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, State Standards

Education Policy Center. Michigan State University, 201 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034. Tel: 517-355-4494; Fax: 517-432-6202; e-mail: EPC[at]msu.edu; Web site: http://education.msu.edu/epc

Autor: Guarino, Cassandra; Reckase, Mark D.; Wooldridge, Jeffrey M.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=1333&id=ED558145

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