Spotlight on Teacher Evaluation

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Teacher Evaluation


The Education Week Spotlight on Teacher Evaluation is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Understanding how teacher evaluation models are changing
  • Using combined measures to evaluate teacher performance
  • Considering value added and growth index models carefully
  • Boosting staff growth and development with teacher evaluation
  • How to best evaluate special education teachers

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Even with changes to evaluation systems, only subtle differences emerge between the best and the weakest teachers—as well as all those in the middle.
February 5, 2013 - Education Week

Basing more than half a teacher's evaluation on student test scores seemed to compromise it, researchers also found.
January 8, 2013 | Updated: January 18, 2013 - Education Week

A who's who of researchers studying the use of student scores in staff reviews agrees on one point: Tread carefully.
October 25, 2012 | Updated: November 19, 2012 - Education Week

Value-added evaluation does not meet scientific standards, when looked at from a medical vantage, R. Barker Bausell writes.
January 15, 2013 - Education Week

Done right, evaluation policy can help teachers learn and improve, Angela Minnici and Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt write.
March 5, 2013 - Education Week


For several years now, teacher evaluation has dominated education-policy discussions in statehouses and otherwise. But for the most part, the country's 430,000 special education teachers have been left out of the discussion.
December 13, 2012 - Teaching Now

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