Tests and the Teacher: What Student Achievement Tests Do—and Don't—Tell Us About Teacher Effectiveness
We all expect teachers to help students learn reading, math, and other academic subjects. But we also expect them to do more. For example, we trust them to teach students to think and reason, to help students learn to work cooperatively with each other, to instill good study habits, to keep students safe, and to foster healthy bodies and minds. Students' scores on achievement tests tell us something—but by no means everything—about how well teachers are meeting these expectations.