General Resources on Teacher Evaluation


While all Race to the Top (RTTT) states must comply with the requirement of a four-level, rated teacher evaluation system, choice is allowed when determining numbers of observations, observable domains, specific measures for student achievement, and evidence of professional growth. The following resources offer multiple perspectives and sources for designing evaluation models for non-tested subject areas (i.e., music).

Combined Measures Better at Gauging Teacher Effectiveness, Study Finds – Student feedback, test-score growth calculations, and observations of practice appear to pick up different but complementary information that, combined, can provide an accurate picture of teacher performance, according to a study released by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This composite measure predicted fairly accurately how much high-performing teachers would boost their students’ test scores. (Education Week, premium article access compliments of, 01/08/13)

Advice from Early Adopters of Teacher Evaluations – An article from the Hechinger report on findings and advice from states and districts that have been adopting teacher evaluations.

Center for American Progress Report on Teacher Evaluation – A Center for American Progress report that examines teacher evaluation reform in six early adopter states, including Colorado, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. While many state education departments are struggling to fully support the new systems, others have seen some success and are en route to developing a means of supporting districts in teacher evaluation work. (Huffington Post, 11/13/12)

NEA Teacher Evaluation Toolkit – These are the policy statements related to the National Education Association’s position on teacher evaluation.

“The Hangover” – A report on the unintended consequences of the teacher evaluation movement from the American Enterprise Institute.

Use of Video of Teacher Evaluation – A description of how Washington DC schools are using videos to enhance professional development and the teacher evaluation process.

The Other 69 Percent – The Center for Educator Compensation Reform developed this guide for implementing a fair means for rewarding the performance of teachers in non-tested subjects and grades.

Darling-Hammond on Current Teacher Evaluation – Linda Darling Hammond shares her thoughts about Value-Added Models and offers some suggestions about models that work well.  This article is from the Phi Delta Kappan.

A Guide to developing Teacher Evaluation Systems that Support Growth and Development – From the Education and Society Program at the Aspen Institute.

Incorporating Student Performance Measures into Teacher Evaluation Systems –This report focuses on what is and is not known about the quality of various student performance measures school systems are using and on how the systems are supplementing these measures with other teacher performance indicators.  The research was carried out by RAND Education, a unit of the RAND Corporation, on behalf of the Center for American Progress, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Designing High Quality Evaluation Systems for High School Teachers

Race to the Top Primer for Non-Tested Grades and Subjects – Measuring Student Growth for Teachers in Non-Tested Grades and Subjects: A Primer

National Council on Teacher Quality: State-Of-The-States

Marion/Buckley – Evaluating Teachers Using Data from Non-Tested Subjects

Marion & Buckley_Considerations for Evaluating Teachers in Non-tested Subjects

Teacher Performance Assessment Fall, 2011 – The Stanford University-based assessment used for pre-service teachers.

Measuring the Contributions of Non-Tested Teachers

Rewarding the Performance of Teachers of Nontested Subjects

United States Department of Education

State Departments of Education