Assessing Teacher Quality: Understanding Teacher Effects on Instruction and Achievement

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Recent educational reforms have promoted accountability systems which attempt to identify teacher effects on student outcomes and hold teachers accountable for producing learning gains. But in the complex world of classrooms, it may be difficult to attribute "success" or "failure" to teachers. In this timely collection, leading education scholars challenge market-based models of school improvement and argue that merely holding teachers accountable for scores on end-of-the-year exams will not lead to educational ...

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Overview

Recent educational reforms have promoted accountability systems which attempt to identify teacher effects on student outcomes and hold teachers accountable for producing learning gains. But in the complex world of classrooms, it may be difficult to attribute "success" or "failure" to teachers. In this timely collection, leading education scholars challenge market-based models of school improvement and argue that merely holding teachers accountable for scores on end-of-the-year exams will not lead to educational improvement. The authors show why, in addition to test performance, a close examination of instructional processes and school context are needed in order to truly understand teacher effects and improve learning in our nation's classrooms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807752791
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/18/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction Sean Kelly 1

1 Understanding Teacher Effects: Market Versus Process Models of Educational Improvement Sean Kelly 7

2 Teacher Effects: Past, Present, and Future Spyros Konstantopoulos 33

3 Measuring Teaching Quality Using Student Achievement Tests: Lessons from Educators' Responses to No Child Left Behind Laura S. Hamilton 49

4 Beyond High-Stakes Tests: Teacher Effects on Other Educational Outcomes Jennifer L. Jennings Sean P. Corcoran 77

5 Power, Accountability, and the Teacher Quality Problem Richard M. Ingersoll 97

6 In Search of Equity: Teacher Tracking in Math Colette Cann 111

7 Teacher Education and Accountability: Adapting to Prospective Work Environments in Public Schools Judson G. Everitt 137

8 The Role of Mentors and Colleagues in Beginning Teachers' Language Arts Instruction Peter Youngs Kenneth A. Frank Ben Pogodzinski 161

9 Teachers' Social Capital and the Implementation of Schoolwide Reforms William R. Penuel Kenneth A. Frank Min Sun Chong Min Kim 183

10 Improving Teacher Quality: Incentives Are Not Enough Adam Gamoran 201

About the Contributors 215

Index 219

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