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November 2012 | Volume 70 | Number 3
Teacher Evaluation: What's Fair? What's Effective?
Classroom observations, student achievement, and feedback from students are important, but they'll only improve education if they're used wisely.
As many states and districts rethink teacher supervision and evaluation, the team at the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has analyzed thousands of lesson videotapes and studied the shortcomings of current practices.
The tentative conclusion: Teachers should be evaluated on three factors—classroom observations, student achievement gains, and feedback from students. The use of multiple measures is meant to compensate for the imperfections of each individual measure and produce more accurate and helpful evaluations (Kane & Cantrell, 2012).
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