Teacher Evaluation 2.0

October 05, 2010


Teacher evaluations need serious fixing. Here’s a guide to get started.

In 2009, The Widget Effect documented how poorly designed teacher evaluation systems rate all teachers as “good” or "great" and provide little useful feedback on classroom performance. Since then, states and school districts have begun to revamp outdated systems by passing new legislation and forging groundbreaking collective bargaining agreements with teachers unions. The dilemma education leaders now face is, “How?” How can they avoid the pitfalls of past evaluation systems and create new ones that become useful tools for teachers and school leaders? 

Teacher Evaluation 2.0 tackles this key question. It proposes six design standards that any rigorous and fair teacher evaluation system should meet. It offers a blueprint for better evaluations that can help every teacher succeed in the classroom—and give every student the best chance at success. 

Additional Resources

'MET' Made Simple: Building Research-Based Teacher Evaluations January 13, 2012 > ˅

TNTP's companion guide to the Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project  outlines the most important findings on research-based evaluation systems.

Smart Spending for Better Teacher Evaluation Systems June 11, 2011 > ˅

Here are five types of investments states should make in order to implement new teacher evaluation systems successfully.

Myths and Facts about Value-Added Analysis November 11, 2011 > ˅

Value-added analysis uses standardized test scores to determine how much a teacher helped her students learn over the course of the year. Here are the facts that correct common misconceptions about the tool.


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