A report by La Follette School students advises the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on how best to assess the state’s new Educator Effectiveness System, a program to evaluate public school teachers’ job performance.
The state piloted the Educator Effectiveness System in the 2012-13 academic year, and districts statewide must implement it this fall.
“Our report supports DPI’s program evaluation by recommending appropriate research questions, data collection methods, metrics for measuring implementation and outcomes, and data analysis methods,” says Dan Marlin, one of the authors. “The report provides a logic model that lays out how the program should work and can serve as a starting point to measure whether the program operates as intended.”
The students also researched studies of their educator evaluation systems conducted in other states. “Overall, the report provides a picture of what other states are doing to evaluate their educator evaluation programs, as well as tailored guidance to Wisconsin to support its evaluation,” says Marlin, who wrote the report with Josef Dvorak, Christa Pugh, Nels Rude, and Mai Choua Thao. The students presented their report to DPI’s educator effectiveness team in May.
The students advise DPI on research questions, data collection methods, implementation and outcome metrics, and that the agency publish information gathered from surveys, focus groups and interviews, in addition to conducting statistical analysis of data.