Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Releases Report on Measures of Effective Teaching

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: January 11, 2013

Earlier this week the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released a report crafted by the Measuring Effective Teachers (MET) project to identify a set of measures that can effectively determine educator effectiveness. Colorado is one of a small handful of states the foundation has invested in, looking at our work to implement strong standards for all students, aligned assessments with those standards and a reliable educator effectiveness system to help lead the nation. Denver Public Schools is one of the seven pilot areas used for this study and is helping to drive the data and information that is determining how we identify and support effective educators.

The report focused on one overarching question: What are the right measures to determine educator effectiveness? Researchers found that through a minimum of two classroom observations from at least one person outside of the practitioner’s school, student perception surveys and student achievement gains on assessments, we can strongly identify which teachers will make the greatest impact on student learning, not only on standardized assessments like the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP – formerly the CSAP), but also on math and English assessments that are more cognitively challenging. This information is vital as Colorado works to lead the nation in these types of reforms through implementing the educator evaluation system created in 2010 through the Great Teachers Great Leaders legislation (Senate Bill 10-191).

Click here to view the Ensuring Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching report.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.