Teacher evaluation with standardised achievement tests: A policy fiasco

Dean's Lecture Series 2015

In the United States almost all recent designs of teacher evaluation systems rely on standardised tests of student achievement as a substantial part of, or all of the teacher evaluation process. These tests have one characteristic that makes them completely inappropriate for this purpose; namely, they are remarkably insensitive to teacher behaviour. Standardised achievement tests instead reflect demographic characteristics of the students who are tested.

In this lecture Professor David Berliner, Regents' Professor of Education Emeritus, Arizona State University, will explore how teachers impact individual students enormously, but affect standardised test results only a little.