How do we identify great teachers and help all teachers improve their craft? The best option may be to combine student growth measures, observations of teachers in the classroom, and student surveys.
Large investments of federal money have been flowing to states and districts through Title II to help improve teachers and school leaders. Yet the idea that we know how to help educators improve through professional development may just be a mirage.
Alexandra Resch's research interests lie in teacher evaluation, value-added methods, and program impact evaluation methodology.
Stephen Lipscomb has expertise in several policy areas, including education, disability, and early childhood.
Hanley Chiang is an expert in designing rigorous program evaluations in education and has conducted extensive research on measuring and improving teacher and principal effectiveness.