REL Study: How Have Alternative Measures of Student Growth been Implemented in Early-Adopting Districts?

SUsing Student Surveys to Monitor Teacher Effectiveness - REL Mid-Atlanticchool districts across the country are incorporating measures of student achievement growth in teacher evaluations—a task that is especially challenging for teachers of grades and subjects that lack standardized state assessments.

Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic (REL) studied eight districts that were early adopters of alternative student growth measures and had been using them for at least one year for teacher evaluation or performance-related compensation systems. Half the study districts applied statistical value-added models to end-of-course and commercial assessments, and half used student learning objectives selected by teachers and approved by the principal. The report describes how the alternative student growth measures were used in the eight districts, their perceived costs and benefits, and common implementation challenges and solutions.

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