Measuring Teacher Effectiveness Research and Commentary
RAND researchers are nationally recognized for having examined and evaluated methods of measuring teacher effectiveness, as well as the critical relationship between teacher effectiveness and student achievement.
Below, you can explore the Measuring Teacher Effectiveness Fact Sheet Series, as well as the latest blog posts, multimedia, research briefs, and full reports.
The Measuring Teacher Effectiveness Fact Sheet Series
Research Briefs and Periodicals
What Are Teachers' and School Leaders' Major Concerns About New K–12 State Tests? Findings from the American Teacher and American School Leader Panels2016
This report shares U.S. principals' and teachers' concerns about implementation of state assessment tests aligned to the new standards, drawing on new survey tools for understanding educators' perspectives: RAND's American Teacher Panel (ATP) and American School Leader Panel (ASLP). Findings indicate particular concern with students' test performance, as well as more prevalent concerns about the PARCC assessment compared with other assessments.
Improving Teaching Effectiveness: Impact on Student Outcomes: The Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching Through 2013–20142016
This report estimates the Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative's effect on student outcomes in Hillsborough County (Florida) Public Schools, Memphis City Schools, and Pittsburgh Public Schools through the 2013–2014 school year. The initiative guides personnel practices in staffing, professional development, and compensation and career-ladder decisions in hopes of giving every student access to highly effective teachers.
Improving Teaching Effectiveness: Implementation: The Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching Through 2013–20142016
To improve the U.S. education system through more-effective classroom teaching, in school year 2009–2010, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced its Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching. Researchers from the RAND Corporation and the American Institutes for Research evaluated implementation of key reform elements of the program in three public school districts and four charter management organizations.
Improving Teaching Effectiveness: Access to Effective Teaching: The Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching Through 2013–20142016
This report attends to the distribution of effective teachers within and across schools in the Intensive Partnership sites. The authors examine trends in the distribution of effective teachers between low-income minority (LIM) students and other students and what mechanisms might explain changes in LIM students' access to effective teaching.
Implementation of K–12 State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts and Literacy: Findings from the American Teacher Panel2016
This report examines teachers' implementation of new, more-rigorous K–12 state standards for mathematics and English language arts and literacy, including use of instructional materials, perceptions about content and approaches aligned with standards, and student engagement with standards. Results are intended to help states or districts reflect upon areas where teachers may benefit from guidance about how to address their state standards.