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Posted on: January 29, 2011

  • In Value-Added Measures in Education, Douglas N. Harris takes on one of the most hotly debated topics in education. Drawing on his extensive work with schools and districts, he sets out to help educators and policymakers understand this innovative approach to assessment and the issues associated with its use. Written in straightforward language accessible to lay readers and illustrated with data on student achievement, this essential volume shows how value-added measurement can help schools make better use of their data and discusses the strengths and limitations of this approach.

    tags: teacher evaluation education assessment

  • “Given the experience to date with an overwhelming focus on student achievement scores as a basis for high-stakes decisions, policymakers would do well to pause and carefully examine the issues that make teacher assessment so complex before implementing an assessment plan. To facilitate such examination, this brief reviews credible research exploring: the feasibility of combining formative assessment (a basis for professional growth) and summative assessment (a basis for high-stakes decisions like dismissal); the various tools that might be used to gather evidence of teacher effectiveness; and the various stakeholders who might play a role in a teacher assessment system. It also offers a brief overview of successful exemplars.”

    tags: teacher evaluation adms707

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