For the past three years, the Measures of Effective Teaching project has provided practical insights that benefit teachers and students in classrooms today.
The MET project released progress reports as its research and analysis progressed. Through these reports, practitioners and policy makers have had quick access to the data developed through the project in order to begin thinking through the practical implications of the work prior to release of the final report.
In January 2013, the MET project released its third and final set of findings, which sought to answer three questions from practitioners and policy-makers: Can measures of effective teaching identify teachers who better help students learn?; How much weight should be placed on each measure of effective teaching when combining classroom observations, student surveys, and student achievement gains?; And how can teachers be assured trustworthy results from classroom observations?
Along with a brief summarizing all of the findings, and the three research papers detailing the technical methods, in January 2013 the MET project a released set principles for effective evaluation systems based on lessons learned over the three years of the study.
In January 2012, the MET project released its second set of preliminary findings, which focused on classroom observations and offered key considerations for creating high-quality observations systems:
In December 2010, the project published preliminary findings about the use of student perception surveys in evaluating teaching and providing teachers with relevant feedback:
In addition, the MET project and its partners have published reports that specifically address the practical issues associated with implementing the types of teaching effectiveness measures they've studied:
Building Trust in Observations This ongoing series of publications by MET project partners can help states, districts, and technical assistance providers in building and improving a classroom observation system that supports better teaching and student learning. Publications to date:
Seeing it Clearly: Improving Observer Training for Better Feedback and Better Teaching. (2015) School systems can use this comprehensive practice guide to build and improve an observer training program so that all observers are equipped to identify and help develop effective teaching.
Other publications from the MET project for practitioners: