Teacher Effectiveness

SDP Fellows Richard Bowman and Sade Bonilla's work highlighted in Albuquerque Journal

October 11, 2011

SDP Data Fellows Richard Bowman and Sade Bonilla’s work on the value-added model being used for the teacher evaluation system in Albuquerque Public Schools is highlighted in the two articles “Pilot Program to Test Merit Pay for Teachers” and “Mixed Reviews on School Grading Plan” in the Albuquerque Journal.... Read more about SDP Fellows Richard Bowman and Sade Bonilla's work highlighted in Albuquerque Journal

A Teach for America Fight

March 7, 2013

The Strategic Data Project College-Going Diagnostic for the Los Angeles Unified School District is referenced in the following Los Angeles Times article.

In California, teachers whose students include English learners are required by state law to have special certification. That's sensible, given the special challenges that come with running a classroom in which not all children are equally proficient in the language being spoken. There are two ways to secure that certification: by graduating from a college or university that grants such a certificate, or by attending a...

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Value-Added Measures: How and Why the Strategic Data Project Uses Them to Study Teacher Effectiveness

March 1, 2012
Strategic Data Project

SDP published this brief to provide leaders and decision-makers with a well-rounded understanding of value-added measures to inform policy and management changes in their school districts and state education agencies. Since value-added measures are integral to the Human Capital Diagnostic, SDP is providing background on how they are calculated, why they are used, and how they compare to other measures of teacher effectiveness. During a time when there is a lot of controversy around teacher evaluation, this brief aims to increase awareness and understanding of the benefits and limitations of value-added measures in a format that is accessible to general audiences.

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TNTP (formerly The New Teacher Project) is a national nonprofit organization founded by teachers, driven by the knowledge that effective teachers have a greater impact on student achievement than any other school factor. In response, TNTP develops customized programs and policy interventions that enable education leaders to find, develop, and keep great teachers. Since its inception in 1997, TNTP has recruited or trained approximately 49,000 teachers - mainly through its highly selective Teaching Fellows programs - benefiting an estimated 8 million students. TNTP has also released a series of acclaimed studies of the policies and prac­tices that affect the quality of the nation’s teacher workforce, including The Widget Effect (2009), Teacher Evaluation 2.0 (2010), and The Irreplaceables (2012). Today TNTP is active in more than 25 cities, including 10 of the nation’s 15 largest.

Best Foot Forward Project

Did video technology improve the classroom observation process?

The Best Foot Forward Project investigated whether video technology can make the classroom observation process easier to implement, less costly, and more valid and reliable. In a randomized controlled trial, the study team put cameras in the hands of teachers and allowed them to select their best lessons for evaluation. Researchers aimed to learn whether digital video made the observation process more acceptable to teachers and administrators.... Read more about Best Foot Forward Project

Exploring Methods for Improving Teachers’ Mathematical Quality of Instruction

What is the optimal level of facilitation in teachers’ discussions and the effect of contributing their own video?

This study is investigating the conditions of effective video-based math professional development and the use of an observational instrument as a common language for teachers to use to talk about their practice.... Read more about Exploring Methods for Improving Teachers’ Mathematical Quality of Instruction