Exam results best way to evaluate teachers

The most reliable way of predicting teachers’ long-term success is through their pupils’ exam results over several years, according to new research from the Sutton Trust.

Coming at a time when the government wants teachers to be paid according to their effectiveness, the new research reveals that their performance in the classroom should be judged on the difference they make to exam and test results over time, SecEd reports.

Coming at a time when the government wants teachers to be paid according to their effectiveness, the new research reveals that their performance in the classroom should be judged on the difference they make to exam and test results over time, SecEd reports.

The Sutton Trust report showed that pupil test scores were twice as accurate as student surveys, and nearly three times more effective than classroom observations. However, evaluations based on test results worked best when combined with observations, which provide opportunities for line managers to see teachers in action, and surveys of pupils’ views about the quality of teaching.

The researchers also suggested that value-added or progress measures should form the basis of evaluating teacher performance rather than simple test or exam results, and that schools should distinguish between observing teachers to help them improve and doing so to assess their performance.

What do you think is the best way to assess your performance?

http://www.suttontrust.com/news/news/improvements-in-exam-results-are-the-way-to-evaluate-teachers/

http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/news/exam-results-best-way-to-judge-teachers-study-says/

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