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Document Number: 10718

What Do We Know About the Tradeoffs Associated with Teacher Misclassifications in High Stakes Personnel Decisions? - Tackling the hot-button issue of teacher evaluation, the authors point out the inevitability of mistakes because teacher performance isn't totally observable and measures are imperfect. Still, they believe better measurement of teacher performance is possible. While teacher classification error rates based on student test scores may be high, that error rate might be lower than classifications based on traditional methods. They call for "caution and a for a better understanding of new systems in action." (Dan Goldhaber and Susanna Loeb, Carnegie Knowledge Network, April 2013)...

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