Teacher Effectiveness

Strategic Data Project

Since 2008, the Strategic Data Project (SDP) has partnered with school districts, charter school networks, state education agencies, and nonprofit organizations to bring high-quality research methods and data analysis to bear on strategic management and policy decisions.... Read more about Strategic Data Project

TNTP Program Evaluation

Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this study is examining the relationship of TNTP’s evaluation system for new teachers to student outcomes in Louisiana. Scholars from Brown University and the University of Michigan are also involved in this work.

Tyler, J. H., Jacob, B. A., Dougherty, S. M., Hanson, H. J., Fullerton, J. B., & Herlihy, C. M. (2012). Are Practice-Based Teacher Evaluations and Teacher Effectiveness Linked in TNTP’s "Performance Assessment System (PAS)"? . Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.Abstract

The CEPR report, “Are Practice-Based Teacher Evaluations and Teacher Effectiveness Linked in TNTP’s Performance Assessment System (PAS)?” examines the evaluation system for first-year Louisiana teachers trained by TNTP, a national nonprofit organization focused on improving teacher performance.  The authors conclude that there is a modest positive relationship between teachers’ PAS scores and actual student achievement growth in math and reading.  The analysis also suggests that, with some technical improvements, the PAS could become an even better predictor of student academic outcomes.

2015 Mar 10

CEPR Session at SXSWedu 2015

(All day)

Location: 

Austin, TX
In Video Technology: The End of Privatized Instruction, a panel will ask "Can video help connect teachers across classrooms and schools? Can teacher-to-teacher sharing create a network of peer support, help teacheaters maximize reflection time, and improve their practice?" Panel membes include Best Foot Forward Project Director Miriam Greenberg, Harvard University Doctoral Candidate David Quinn, Jason Lange, CEO & Co-Founder of Bloom Board, and Tamika Guishard, Filming Specialist at District of Columbia Public Schools.
Video Technology: The End of Privatized Instruction
2015 Mar 03

SDP Institute for Leadership in Analytics

Tue Mar 3 (All day) to Fri Mar 6 (All day)

Location: 

Cambridge, MA

The SDP Institute is a four-day workshop for any education analyst, not already part of the SDP Fellowship program, interested in analyzing student achievement data to understand students’ progress through high school and into college, as well as patterns of teacher placement, retention, and effectiveness. You need not be an expert in statistical programming, though a basic understanding is recommended (e.g., Stata, SAS, R, SPSS). The SDP Institute seeks analysts passionate about changing the culture of data use in education who are ready to take their statistical skills to the next level!

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2014 Oct 23

Implementation of Educator Evaluation Systems: Examining Problems of Practice

(All day)

Location: 

EDC Headquarters, 43 Foundry Avenue, Waltham, MA

Researcher-Practitioner Collaborative Conference

Co-hosted by the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance at REL Northeast & Islands and the National Center for Teacher Effectiveness (NCTE), based at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, this daylong event will examine the successes and challenges related to the implementation of teacher evaluation systems. NCTE Principal Investigator Tom Kane will present research on factors related to educator evaluation systems, including capacity, measurement, impacts on practice, and school climate and culture. Through structured Q&A and breakout sessions, the event is designed to build meaningful connections between educators and researchers around the use of research to inform decisionmaking about teacher evaluation systems.

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2014 Jul 28

STATS-DC Data Conference

Mon Jul 28 (All day) to Fri Aug 1 (All day)

Location: 

Washington, DC

SDP fellows, alumni, and staff will be presenting on the topics of college readiness, graduation rates, statewide data systems, and strategic analytics at the upcoming the STATS-DC conference (see the affiliated schedule). Stay engaged via @HarvardCEPR and #STATSDC.... Read more about STATS-DC Data Conference

2014 Jul 08

SDP Institute for Leadership in Analytics

Tue Jul 8 (All day) to Fri Jul 11 (All day)

Location: 

Harvard Graduate School of Education

The SDP Institute is a four-day workshop for any education analyst, not already part of the SDP Fellowship program, interested in analyzing student achievement data to understand students’ progress through high school and into college and patterns of teacher effectiveness. You need not be an expert in statistical programming, though a basic understanding is recommended (e.g., Stata, SAS, R, SPSS). The SDP Institute seeks analysts passionate about changing the culture of data use in education who are ready to take their statistical skills to the next level!

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2014 Apr 22

Beyond the Numbers Convening 2014

Tue Apr 22 (All day) to Thu Apr 24 (All day)

Location: 

Boston, MA

The fourth annual Beyond the Numbers Convening, hosted by the Strategic Data Project (SDP) and National Center for Teacher Effectiveness (NCTE), will take place in Boston, MA on May 22-24, 2014. The event will bring together representatives from 23 states and Washington D.C. to share lessons learned and best practices connected to human capital and postsecondary success work.

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