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Why “Engineering” Teacher Evaluation Systems is Best


by Nicole B. Kersting — July 11, 2014

New teacher evaluation systems are being designed, implemented and piloted in many states. The goal of these new systems is to provide more accurate and objective information on teacher performance than current systems do. Ideally, these new systems provide information for accountability purposes but also for helping teachers improve their performance. Achieving these goals is not likely unless we change our approach to designing such systems from a political process and adopt an engineering perspective. Taking an engineering design approach can lead to solid designs for teacher evaluation systems, provide opportunities for improvement through monitoring and feedback, and create accountability for the design process because the information on teacher performance these systems do provide can be evaluated against the goals and intended uses that were specified.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 11, 2014
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17599, Date Accessed: 12/21/2014 4:30:06 PM

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  • Nicole Kersting
    University of Arizona
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    NICOLE B. KERSTING is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies & Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Statistics at the University of Arizona.
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