Assessing Teacher Quality Understanding Teacher Effects on Instruction and Achievement

ISBN-10: 0807752797
ISBN-13: 9780807752791
Edition: 2012
Authors: Sean Kelly
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 11/18/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968

Recent educational reforms have promoted accountability systems which attempt to identify teacher effects on student outcomes and hold teachers accountable for producing learning gains. But in the complex world of classrooms, it may be difficult to attribute "success" or "failure" to teachers. In this timely collection, leading education scholars challenge market-based models of school improvement and argue that merely holding teachers accountable for scores on end-of-the-year exams will not lead to educational improvement. The authors show why, in addition to test performance, a close examination of instructional processes and school context are needed in order to truly understand teacher effects and improve learning in our nation's classrooms.

Sean Kelly left teaching to edit The National Lampoon. He writes for children's television (Noddy and Friends) and is the co-author of several books, including Saints Preserve Us! Who in Hell ..., How to Be Irish, and Boom Baby Moon. He lives in Brooklyn.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Understanding Teacher Effects: Market Versus Process Models of Educational Improvement
Teacher Effects: Past, Present, and Future
Measuring Teaching Quality Using Student Achievement Tests: Lessons from Educators' Responses to No Child Left Behind
Beyond High-Stakes Tests: Teacher Effects on Other Educational Outcomes
Power, Accountability, and the Teacher Quality Problem
In Search of Equity: Teacher Tracking in Math
Teacher Education and Accountability: Adapting to Prospective Work Environments in Public Schools
The Role of Mentors and Colleagues in Beginning Teachers' Language Arts Instruction
Teachers' Social Capital and the Implementation of Schoolwide Reforms
Improving Teacher Quality: Incentives Are Not Enough
About the Contributors
Index

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