Following the recent major school reform of Race to the Top, schools, teachers, and students are increasingly evaluated through high-stakes achievement test scores. In six concise chapters, Teacher and Student Evaluation explores the historical rise and modern landscape of accountability in American education, and the current models of teacher evaluation. The authors provide realistic and useful suggestions for responding to current accountability demands. The authors explore the methodological concerns and policy implications of using value-added and observational measures to make high-stakes decisions. After reaching the conclusion that these contemporary evaluation practices are flawed, Alyson Lavigne and Thomas Good offer possible solutions that inform current and future teacher evaluation. This book is a valuable resource for students of educational assessment as well as policy makers, administrators, and teachers who are currently building accountability plans. The book is written in an accessible but authoritative fashion that practitioners, policymakers, and scholars will find useful.
Alyson Leah Lavigne is Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies at Roosevelt University, US. Thomas L. Good is Professor and Head of Educational Psychology at the University of Arizona, US.
1. Arriving at Accountability: How Did We Come to Be Where We Are? 2. Reform De Jour 3. How Teachers Influence Student Learning: Historical and Contemporary Considerations 4. Evaluation: Activities in Today's Schools 5. Assessing the Assessments: Promises and Pitfalls of Teacher Evaluation Methods 6. The Current Mess: Can We Improve Teacher Evaluation?