It’ll come as no surprise to most teachers, but a new study finds that all the time, money and effort spent on “reforming” teacher evaluations resulted in zero positive impact on student achievement.
Efforts to Toughen Teacher Evaluations Show No Positive Impact on Students is the headline of a lengthy Education Week article about the summary, and it’s worth reading the whole thing (and, if you don’t have an Ed Week subscription, you definitely want to make it one of the two or so articles you can access for free each month).
Unfortunately, the article doesn’t actually link to the study itself, and I wasn’t able to find it while searching online. I’ll add a link to this post whenever I do come upon it.
Many of the issues researchers find that caused the problems are similar to points I raised in a post titled A Look Back: “Evaluating Teachers In Order To Fire Them?” years ago. Trying to implement a “top-down” change is prime among them.
I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.
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Here’s the link to the study itself:
🚨🚨I’m thrilled to share new research on teacher evaluation co-authored with Eric Brunner @harbatkat @MatthewAKraft @eduspringer @AnnenbergInst Link to the paper: https://t.co/X8mdQ6Ick0 Main takeaway: we find avg null effects on student outcomes. 1/N pic.twitter.com/GBeb408iMO
— Josh Bleiberg (@JoshBleiberg) November 30, 2021
The authors just came out with a final version, and I’ve shared some tweets below about it (and I’ll be adding those tweets to that original post):
How different is this from the version published at Ed Working papers earlier? https://t.co/AtMp5oPO8h
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) March 14, 2023
Hi Larry! The core results are almost identical across versions. We’ve mainly added to and refined this earlier working paper to focus on why we find null effects.
— Matthew A. Kraft (@MatthewAKraft) March 14, 2023
5) In new analyses, we show eval reforms decreased teacher satisfaction & perceived job security but did not offset this decline in non-pecuniary benefits w/ increased wages. States did not uphold the grand bargain of more accountability for greater compensation.
— Matthew A. Kraft (@MatthewAKraft) March 13, 2023