Field Trip: Do Teacher Evaluations Make a Difference?

Over the summer of 2018, the RAND Corporation released a report on the results of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching Initiative. The big question: Did teacher evaluation reforms move the needle on student achievement? In this interview, we speak with researcher, professor and author Dr. James Stronge about his perspective and reaction to the RAND Corporation’s report.

  • What he believes the report got right, and where he disagrees with its conclusions
  • The relationship between teacher effectiveness and student outcomes
  • What we can learn from the work of the Gates Foundation
  • His #1 recommendation for action schools can take immediately to maximize the impact of evaluations on teaching practice




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