Student Data and Use Resources
Many education policy makers, including those who developed the Race to the Top program are defining teacher effectiveness based on student performance. However, student data derived from standardized test scores does not provide a complete picture of a teacher’s effectiveness. Student data must come from multiple sources, primarily classroom and school-based assessments, and teachers should be the ones to determine what data should be used.
In addition, student data should only be one of multiple measures used to determine teacher effectiveness. Other measures could include classroom observations, self evaluations, teaching reflections, lesson plans, student work samples, evidence of work with parents and peers, and evidence of increased knowledge and skill through professional development.
The following links are websites and articles to help teachers understand the types, uses and limitations of student performance data.