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Julie Kowal and Emily Ayscue Hassel
There is undoubtedly no other sector in which talent and performance are more important than in education. Teachers have a tremendous impact on student learning and improving teacher effectiveness is one of the most important levers in improving student achievement. Thus, it is imperative that schools leaders have an adequate and efficient way to gauge teacher effectiveness. This recent report from Public Impact provides thoughtful insight in this area by comparing performance measurement across sectors, including non-profit organizations and private companies. Through research of numerous organizations and companies, the report compiles six components necessary for meaningful performance evaluations.
In addition to the above steps, Public Impact offers other recommendations to improve performance measurements. The report suggests that schools measure performance frequently, measure both the “what” and “how” of performance, and use the evaluations to not only improve teacher quality, but also to decide who teaches and how long they are able to teach. Education leaders must create effective performance mechanisms and use the evaluations as the basis for teacher and principal retention, dismissal, and development in order to provide quality education to all students. This report provides useful information toward that end. Read it here.