The world of education is becoming inundated with data, and the growing use of technology in schools has made it even easier to collect and report data continuously.
News and Insights About Advancing Educators' Impact on Students
VisualizED: Comparing Schools with BenchmarksJun 05, 2018Mikia Manley
High-Stakes Evaluation: Does It Scare Teachers Away?May 22, 2018Elias Walsh
Does high-stakes evaluation scare teachers away? And if so, which teachers? Does this help or harm students? High-stakes evaluation does affect who comes into the classroom and who stays there, and research indicates that this flux may actually be good for students.
National Teacher Day: What’s the Value of a Good Teacher?May 08, 2018Mariesa Herrmann
National Teacher Day honors teachers for the lasting contributions they make to students’ lives.
Experimenting with Multiple Measures of Teacher EffectivenessApr 24, 2017Stephen Lipscomb, Ann Li
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.
Why Is the Achievement Gap So Large? It’s Not the TeachersNov 30, 2016Philip Gleason, Eric Isenberg, Jeffrey Max
The academic achievement gap in the United States is large. A low-income child has less than a 1 in 10 chance of graduating from college, compared to nearly 8 in 10 high-income children.
Measuring Principal Performance Is Hard - But We Need to TryNov 18, 2016Brian Gill
Principals have almost as much of an impact on student achievement as teachers do. Indeed, we found in a study of school reform in Washington, D.C., that replacing ineffective principals improves student achievement. But how do we distinguish good principals from bad ones?
Value Added Is a ChainsawOct 10, 2016Steve Glazerman
On the one hand, value-added measures, like chainsaws, can be powerful tools and really useful for the right problem, like cutting down a tree. On the other hand, chainsaws, like VAMs, can do a lot of damage if you’re not careful and don’t know what you’re doing.
Meaningful Feedback Helps Invisible Teachers Move Out of the ShadowsSep 28, 2016Elias Walsh
Senior Researcher Elias Walsh looks into helping provide meaningful feedback to "invisible teachers" - those who leave the profession feeling as though they have made no progress with their students.
Beware Hyped Claims of WMDSep 19, 2016Alex Resch
Alex Resch, Mathematica's associate director, Human Services Research, counters the claims in a new book, which argues that algorithms and mathematical models are destructive and harm society’s most vulnerable members.
“I Am Someone Who Tends to Be Lazy”: The Importance of Soft Skills, and How Not to Measure Them in SchoolsJul 13, 2016Tim Kautz
Guided by the recent Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states are scrambling to incorporate nonacademic skills into school measurement systems, raising the question: “What measures should schools use and for which purpose?”