Approaches to Measuring Teaching Practice Probed at Task Force Meeting

The SMHC National Task Force reconvened yesterday and today. Responding to the recent national focus on systems to measure teacher effectiveness, SMHC Co-Directors Allan Odden and Jim Kelly, along with SMHC Senior Policy Analyst Anthony Milanowski led a discussion on approaches to measuring teaching practice. Odden, Kelly, and Milanowski unveiled the findings of the new SMHC paper, “Review of Teaching Performance Assessments for Use in Human Capital Management.” 

Among the report’s preliminary conclusions are that there is promising technology to improve the efficiency of teaching assessments, such as the videos and written reflections used in National Board and Pact; and that all assessments need to be aligned based on the same competency model. 

“Review of Teaching Performance Assessments for Use in Human Capital Management” will be available soon on the SMHC Web site.

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