What We’re Watching: Improving Teacher Evaluations

Sandi Jacobs, Russ Whitehurst, Matt Chingos and Dan Goldhaber recently took part in a discussion via spreecast on “Evaluating Teachers with Classroom Observations,” a new report released by the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings.

The report examines new teacher evaluation systems in four urban districts. It finds several problems with teacher evaluations that are based on classroom observations. Among the key findings are that it is hard for a teacher who doesn’t have top students to get a top rating, and that observations conducted by outside observers are more valid than observations conducted by school administrators.

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