Section i discussion: How do educators use student growth measures in practice?

Sean Corcoran

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Through the lens of economics, Corcoran synthesizes the findings in Chaps. 2-7 on how educators interpret and use student growth measures (SGMs). Drawing on the principal-agent model and other insights from personnel economics, this chapter highlights ways in which the design of new educator evaluation systems appears to be falling short. First, educators perceive a weak connection between their actions and the performance measure by which they are evaluated. Second, practitioners question whether SGMs capture the full scope of their work. Third, teachers lack an understanding of how their performance measures are calculated. Finally, practitioners do not view SGMs are useful for improving instruction, and rarely use them to change their practices or priorities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStudent Growth Measures in Policy and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationIntended and Unintended Consequences of High-Stakes Teacher Evaluations
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781137539014
ISBN (Print)9781137539007
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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