Assessing Principals’ Assessments

Subjective Evaluations of Teacher Effectiveness in Low- and High-Stakes Environments

Click to access Grissom-and-Loeb-in-principals-EFP-June-2017.pdf

Teacher effectiveness varies substantially, yet principals’ evaluations of teachers often fail to differentiate performance among teachers. We offer new evidence on principals’ subjective evaluations of their teachers’ effectiveness using two sources of data from a large, urban district: principals’ high-stakes personnel evaluations of teachers, and their low-stakes assessments of a subsample of those teachers provided to the researchers.

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