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How Is Teacher Quality Measured?

Teachers are the single most important school-based factor for student achievement.

That is why we need high quality teachers in front of our children who are prepared to deliver high quality instruction and support. But how do we know a teacher is high quality? A multi-measure evaluation system is the best way to get a more accurate picture of quality and the impact that teachers are having in the classroom.

The Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) study found that student learning growth and classroom observations are two of the most critical components. Student surveys were endorsed as a strong third component for teacher evaluations, because students are with teachers more often than parents, peers and even principals.

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