The Education Week Spotlight on Assessment is a collection of articles hand-picked by Education Week editors including the following topics: classroom evidence of learning, formative assessment, computer-adaptive testing, the promises and challenges of open-ended test items, and the debate over...
The growing need for more information about measuring teachers’ contributions to student learning growth, particularly in nontested subjects and grades, is the impetus for this Research & Policy Brief. Although the research base in this area is disappointingly limited, the brief includes...
The authors admit that there is a growing consensus that evidence of teachers’ contributions to student learning should be a component of teacher evaluation systems, along with evidence of the quality of teachers’ practice. However, they argue that current research suggests that Value-Added Model...
Key Considerations When Measuring Teacher Effectiveness: A Framework for Validating Teachers’ Professional Practices
The report describes three levels of data collection to measure teacher effectiveness both with and without standardized test scores.
At a recent gathering of the Southwest Collaborative on Educator Effectiveness, Margaret Heritage provided expert guidance on the appropriate use of student assessment results to measure teacher quality.
Guidance for Developing and Selecting Assessments of Student Growth for Use in Teacher Evaluation Systems (Extended Version)
This article provides comprehensive guidance for including test scores in teacher evaluations.
The online version of this guide can be accessed on the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) at American Institutes for Research (AIR) website. The website also offers relevant resources from national websites.
This policy brief advises states and school districts on valid ways to use assessments for teacher evaluation purposes.