It’s been a bit of time since I’ve mentioned anything on this front. In short, I think I’m going to be going with the three article model. The overarching title will be something like “Methodological Issues in Teacher Evaluation.” The gist of the three articles will be something like this:
1) How we define student socio-economic status in teacher evaluation programs might have an impact on teacher rankings/ratings. If we compare two methods, do teacher ratings change?
2) Teachers do not always receive similar effectiveness ratings across evaluation tools. Are there salient, identifiable characteristics of teachers whose classifications change versus those whose stay the same across these tools?
3) Measures of student growth do not have to be based on standardized test scores. What are potential challenges and advantages to a particular system that allows teachers to design the model of student learning and assessment to identify growth in that learning?
These aren’t yet set in stone as I’m waiting to hear about a few things, but in the meantime, I think I’m moving forward with #1 as it’s a project I really kind of care about and am really interested in what, if any, findings I may come up with.