Identifying Effective Classroom Practices Using Student Achievement Data

51 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2010 Last revised: 7 Sep 2010

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Thomas J. Kane

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Public Policy & Social Research; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Eric S. Taylor

Harvard University - Harvard Graduate School of Education

John H. Tyler

Brown University - Taubman Center for Public Policy; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Amy Wooten

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 2010

Abstract

Recent research has confirmed both the importance of teachers in producing student achievement growth and in the variability across teachers in the ability to do that. Such findings raise the stakes on our ability to identify effective teachers and teaching practices. This paper combines information from classroom-based observations and measures of teachers' ability to improve student achievement as a step toward addressing these challenges. We find that classroom based measures of teaching effectiveness are related in substantial ways to student achievement growth. Our results point to the promise of teacher evaluation systems that would use information from both classroom observations and student test scores to identify effective teachers. Our results also offer information on the types of practices that are most effective at raising achievement.

Suggested Citation

Kane, Thomas J. and Taylor, Eric S. and Tyler, John H. and Wooten, Amy, Identifying Effective Classroom Practices Using Student Achievement Data (March 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w15803. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1565963

Thomas J. Kane (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Public Policy & Social Research ( email )

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Eric S. Taylor

Harvard University - Harvard Graduate School of Education ( email )

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John H. Tyler

Brown University - Taubman Center for Public Policy ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Amy Wooten

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