Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning: Lessons from Early Implementation in a Large Urban District

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This study, conducted by the REL Northeast & Islands in collaboration with the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance, looked closely at one large urban district’s educator evaluation system from May 2013 to May 2014. Key findings include:

  • Teachers received prescriptions across all four standards.
  • Teachers reported participating in more professional activity for instruction-based standards than for non-instruction-based standards.
  • Less than 40% of teachers who responded to the survey participated in all the activities their evaluators prescribed.
  • Standard 1 was the only standard for which a statistically significant difference was detected in the subsequent evaluation of teachers who engaged in activities aligned to their prescriptions and those who did not.

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Karen Shakman, Jacqueline Zweig, Candice Bocala (WestEd), Natalie Lacireno-Paquet (WestEd), Jessica Bailey in collaboration with the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance

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57 pp.
Research on educator evaluation systems