Field Trip: The Data Speaks: Why Teacher Evaluations Are More Accurate Today

No Child Left Behind… Race to the Top… the Every Student Succeeds Act. All have had significant impact on teacher evaluations. Over time, have such laws led to an increase in the quality of teaching our schools?

This year the Frontline Research & Learning Institute looked at the data around teacher evaluation scores. We speak with Sarah Silverman, Ph.D., of Whiteboard Advisors, the firm that partnered with Frontline to analyze the data and the author of the report, “Bending Toward Accuracy: How Teacher Evaluations Are Evolving.” We look at:

  • Teacher evaluation scores over a 5-year period and where the data comes from
  • Why those scores indicate that teacher evaluations have gotten more accurate over time
  • What you can do with teacher evaluation data in your own schools to foster growth in teachin


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