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Document Number: 8560

What Makes for a Good Teacher and Who Can Tell? - Pressure to improve teacher productivity has spurred two related questions: (1) Are there important determinants of teacher productivity that are not captured by teacher credential but that can be measured by subjective assessments? (2) Would evaluating teachers based on a combination of subjective assessments and student outcomes more accurately gauge teacher performance than student test scores along. This paper explores both questions by calculating teachers' "value added" and comparing those with subjective ratings of teachers by school principals. (Douglas Harris and Tim Sass, Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research, September 2009)...

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