Moving Beyond Test Scores

Moving Beyond Test Scores: Education Week Commentary

Education Week, January 2011

We know that the quality of teaching a student receives is the single most important predictor of student performance, yet measuring and managing that quality has proved an elusive goal. Policymakers and decision-makers around the country are embracing the challenge of improving teaching effectiveness like never before. But much of the current discussion focuses too narrowly on using evaluation tools that rely heavily on student test scores to fire underperforming teachers and to pay bonuses to high-scoring teachers

Read the rest of our discussion on the importance of crafting a teaching role within schools that is effective and strategic. Also, make sure to check out Karen Baroody’s blog post summarizing Ed Week's commentary collection.