Demystifying the Measurement of Teacher Quality - SXSWedu 2013 by SXSWedu published on 2013/03/08 21:51:04 +0000 Educational systems using student test scores to measure teacher quality often generate controversy, especially when high stakes are involved. Washington DC public schools made national news when teachers were fired for low evaluation scores shortly after a 2010 provocative Los Angeles Times article ranked and publicized teachers based on students' test score gains. In addition to the implications of using student test data as a link to teachers to make decisions on performance pay, promotion, and retention, states are now required to use them to qualify for pots of federal money, like Race to the Top funds. While there is a critical need for assessing teaching quality, it is rarely balanced by deliberate discussions that can lead to greater understandings of appropriate and fair evaluation metrics. This presentation seeks to engage thoughtful discourse about teacher evaluations based on student test scores, limitations, and appropriate uses in education.