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.

To the right, you can explore the full Measuring Teacher Effectiveness Fact Sheet Series. Below, you can catch up on the latest related commentary, research briefs, and full reports.

Latest Research and Commentary

  • Research Brief

    Coherence in K–12 Instructional Systems

    Teachers need to receive clear, aligned, and consistent messaging from all parts of the instructional system. A synthesis of multiple studies presents a portrait of the extent of coherence in instructional systems in U.S. public schools.

    Mar 28, 2024

  • Report

    Teach For Nigeria Evaluation

    What are teachers' perceptions of school climate in the second year of the Teach For Nigeria teacher training program? Study findings contributes to a growing body of research on Teach For All organizations across the globe.

    Mar 13, 2024

  • Report

    Teaching and Leading: Impacts of Teach For America Indianapolis

    The Teach For America program trains and places teachers in U.S. K–12 public schools that have the highest proportions of high-poverty students. What are the impacts of Teach For America Indianapolis on student and school outcomes?

    Jul 20, 2023

  • Report

    How Do Teachers Spend Professional Learning Time?

    The 2022 American Instructional Resources Survey asked teachers how professional learning time was spent on various topics, including classroom management and supporting student mental health. How do teachers benefit from their professional learning experiences?

    Jun 21, 2023

  • Commentary

    Teachers Have Lost Out on Professional Development. Summer Programs Could Help

    For thousands of teachers across the United States, 2020 was a year of uncertainty. Many lacked access to their usual professional learning activities. Summer programs for students that also offer learning opportunities for teachers might help make up for lost time.

    Mar 5, 2021

  • Report

    How Are Educators Teaching and Leading Through the Pandemic?

    U.S. teachers and principals shifted quickly to support students with distance learning during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis. But unfortunately, the pandemic is likely to make existing inequalities worse.

    Jun 22, 2020

  • Research Brief

    How Teacher Effectiveness Spills Over into Other Classrooms

    Teachers' effectiveness ripples out beyond their own students and affects the experiences of their pupils' future peers. Ignoring these "spillover" effects underestimates a teacher's value by at least 30 percent.

    May 28, 2019

  • Journal Article

    Teachers Can Make a Difference Beyond Their Own Classrooms

    Schools may be undervaluing good teachers by at least 30 percent. How? Because they aren't considering the spillover effects that better-educated students have on their peers.

    Apr 3, 2019

  • Research Brief

    Results from the Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching Initiative

    A multiyear effort aimed at increasing students' access to effective teaching failed to achieve its goals for improved student achievement and graduation. However, the participating school districts and charter management organizations did implement better measures of teaching effectiveness.

    Feb 11, 2019

  • Report

    How Do Teachers Respond to Feedback?

    Education leaders across the United States have revised their policies in an effort to enhance the quality of teacher evaluation measures and instructional practices. A unique survey asked teachers about their perceptions of the feedback they receive and the evaluation systems at their schools.

    Jul 9, 2018