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

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    Research Brief

    How Teacher Effectiveness Spills Over into Other Classrooms

    May 28, 2019

    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.

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    Journal Article

    Teachers Can Make a Difference Beyond Their Own Classrooms

    Apr 3, 2019

    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.

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    Research Brief

    Results from the Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching Initiative

    Feb 11, 2019

    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.

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    How Do Teachers Respond to Feedback?

    Jul 9, 2018

    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.

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    Impacts of the Intensive Partnerships Initiative

    Jun 21, 2018

    The Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative enhanced how teachers are evaluated and improved teacher staffing policies. But it did not lead to gains in student achievement or graduation rates.

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    Will School Renovations Impact Students, Teachers, and Communities?

    May 24, 2018

    Baltimore will renovate or replace more than two dozen public school buildings. How could these changes affect students, school staff, school conditions, and the surrounding community?

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    American Teachers Could Use More Time to Collaborate

    Feb 28, 2018

    Teacher collaboration is a key part of long-term career development for educators. But less than one-third of U.S. teachers say they have sufficient time to work with their peers.

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    The Majority of Teachers Aren't Clear on the Reading Instruction Approaches Most Aligned with State Standards

    Feb 21, 2018

    English language arts teachers could increase their use of more complex, text-based practices if they received clearer guidance from states and districts about what is expected. They also need better supports and curriculum resources to engage in those approaches.

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    What Do Principals Think About Teach For America?

    Jan 17, 2018

    Principals are generally satisfied with the Teach For America teachers they receive, their classroom contributions, and the professional development and support the program provides.

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    Learning How to Measure Social and Emotional Learning

    Jan 11, 2018

    Educators and policymakers are increasingly focusing on non-academic competencies, known as social and emotional learning. To support growth in these areas, teachers need assessments that can help them understand how well students are learning these skills, and what instructional approaches work best.