Outlines issues for evaluating teachers based on value added -- their contribution to student learning -- and the use of value added information, implications of classifying teachers, and reliability compared with other fields and evaluations.
- Successful Strategy: Value-added analysis allows teachers to see their performance placed in context of other teachers with students like their own, granting new insight into their own strengths and weaknesses as well as guiding resources to where they are needed most
- Successful Strategy: Although imperfect, value-added is a better tool for identifying both the least and most effective teachers than other measures, such as teacher experience, certification status, and seniority
- Observation: Debates over how value-added information is used should be kept separate from debates over whether or not to use the informationÃ‚Â as part of a teacher evaluation system
- Observation: A focus on the effects on teachers of misclassification (falsely identifying effective teachers as ineffective, for example) should be balanced with a concern with the effects on students (falsely identifying ineffective teachers as effective)