Improving Teaching Effectiveness: Final Report

Brian M. Stecher, RAND, Jun 28, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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This is an evaluation of a $775m Gates Foundation project to improve teacher performance. The key finding is that the program did not work. "Sites implemented new measures of teaching effectiveness and modified personnel policies accordingly but did not achieve their goals for students." But I like how Boing Boing responded to the report: "Kudos to the Gates Foundation, seriously... they hired outside auditors to evaluate the program's effectiveness, and published that report, even though it shows that the approach did no good on balance and arguably caused real harms to teachers and students." 587 page PDF.

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