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Alaska Staff Development Network – 2013 Spring Leadership Retreat

Emerging Trends and issues in Teacher Evaluation:

Implications for Alaska

Deep Dive Break-Out Session

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Measures of Effective Teaching Study - Findings and Recommendations

Session Leader: Al Bertani, RAPPS Senior Design Consultant


Goals of the Gates Foundation MET Study Retreat

A new approach to development and

evaluation that teachers endorse and that

helps all teachers improve.

Learning about Teaching – Initial Findings from the MET Project

Published by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

2010


Premises of the Gates Foundation MET Study Retreat

  • Whenever feasible, a teacher’s evaluation should include his/her students’ achievement gains.

  • Any additional components of the evaluation (eg. classroom observations, student feedback) should be demonstrably relate to student achievement gains.

  • The measures should include feedback on specific aspects of a teachers’ practice and support teacher growth and development.

Learning about Teaching – Initial Findings from the MET Project

Published by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

2010


Gates MET Study Retreat

SEE YOUTUBE LINK BELOW FOR VIDEO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR3ez3b6dh4


Strategies of the Gates Foundation MET Study Retreat

If we want to change the curve of improvement, we

must…

  • Identify great teachers

  • Find out what makes them so effective

  • Transfer those skills to others

Learning about Teaching – Initial Findings from the MET Project

Published by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

2010


Data Collected-Gates Foundation MET Study Retreat

Measure 1 Student achievement gains on different assessments.

Measure 2 Classroom observations and

teacher reflections.

Measure 3 Teacher pedagogical content

knowledge.

Measure 4 Student perceptions of the

classroom instructional environment.

Measure 5 Teacher perceptions of working

conditions and instructional support at

their school.

Learning about Teaching – Initial Findings from the MET Project

Published by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

2010


Gates RetreatMET Study Findings – Phase 1

  • In every grade and subject studied, a teacher’s past successes in raising student achievement on state tests is one of the strongest predictors of his/her ability to do it again.

  • Teachers with the highest value-added scores on state tests also tend to help students develop a deeper conceptual understanding as well.

  • The average student knows effective teaching when he/she experiences it.

  • Valid feedback need not be limited to test scores alone.

Learning about Teaching – Initial Findings from the MET Project

Published by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

2010


Moving From and To… Retreat

MET Working with Teachers to Develop Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching

June 2010


Research Study Questions – Phase 2 Retreat

Question 1Can measures of effective teaching

identify teachers who better help students learn?

Question 2How much weight should be placed on

each measure of effective teaching?

Question 3 How can teachers be assured

trustworthy results from classroom

observations?

MET Project Ensuring Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching January 2013


Major Research Findings Retreat

  • Effective teaching can be measured.

    Teachers previously identified as more effective caused students to

    learn more.  Groups of teachers identified as less effective caused

    students to learn less.

Balanced weights indicate multiple aspects of effective teaching.

Teaching is too complex for any single measure of performance to

capture it accurately.  Trade off’s to using different models.

Adding a second observer increases reliability significantly more than having the same observer score an additional lesson.

Adding outside observers can provide an on-going check against in-school bias.

MET Project Ensuring Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching January 2013


Framing What We Know Now… Retreat

MET Project Ensuring Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching January 2013


What We Know Now Retreat

Lesson 1 Student perception surveys and classroom

observations can provide meaningful feedback to

teachers.

Lesson 2 Implementing specific procedures in evaluation

systems can increase trust in the data and the results.

Lesson 3 Each measure adds something of value.

Lesson 4 A balanced approach is most sensible when assigning

weights to form a composite measure.

Lesson 5 There is great potential in using video for teacher

feedback and for the training and assessment of

observers.

MET Project Ensuring Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching January 2013


Influence of the Gates Foundation Retreat

“We know that of all the variables under a school’s

control, the single most decisive factor in student

achievement is excellent teaching. It is astonishing

what great teachers can do for their students. Yet

compared with the countries that outperform us in

education, we do very little to measure, develop,

and reward excellent teaching. We have been

expecting teachers to be effective without

giving them feedback and training.”

How Teacher Development Could Revolutionize Our Schools?

By Bill Gates published in the Washington Post

February 28, 2011


Influence of the Gates Foundation Retreat

Proxies for improving student achievement…

  • Automatic salary increases based on seniority

    ($50 billion per year)

  • Bump in pay for advanced degrees

    ($15 billion per year)

  • Reducing class size

    (U.S. has twice as many teachers per student than they did in 1960.

How Teacher Development Could Revolutionize Our Schools?

By Bill Gates published in the Washington Post

February 28, 2011


Evaluation Instruments Used in the MET Study Retreat

  • Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) - Pianta and Hamre

  • Framework for Teaching – Danielson

  • Mathematical Quality of Instruction (MQI) – Hill & Ball

  • Protocol for Language Arts Teaching Observations (PLATO) – Grossman

  • Quality Science Teaching (QST) - Pecheone

Learning about Teaching – Initial Findings from the MET Project

Published by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

2010



Gates MET Project Teaching Video Retreat

SEE YOUTUBE LINK BELOW FOR VIDEO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mv8z6DPycU


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