Ensuring that all students have teachers who are effective is an issue of national concern. Education reformers and policy analysts are currently debating how best to measure teacher effectiveness.
This debate has landed in a rare consensus that there should be multiple measures of teachers’ practices—including evidence about their students’ learning—and that these measures should form the basis for both evaluating teachers and, most importantly, guiding teachers’ professional growth. Center X believes that practicing teachers—along with other local school stakeholders—should be at the core of this debate and that their development of new and use of existing multiple measures will determine the success of this latest reform movement.
Efforts are underway in the Center to support teachers’ participation in this debate, including a release of our online repository of publications and resources, XChange: Multiple Measures of Good Teaching.