Measuring Teaching Practices at Scale: Results from the Development and Validation of the Teach Classroom Observation Tool

38 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2018 Last revised: 30 Nov 2018

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Ezequiel Molina

World Bank

Syeda Farwa Fatima

University of Pennsylvania

Andrew Dean Y. C. Ho

Harvard University

Carolina Eugenia Melo Hurtado

Universidad de los Andes, Chile

Tracy Wilichowksi

World Bank

Adelle Pushparatnam

World Bank

Date Written: November 26, 2018

Abstract

What goes on inside the classroom is central to student learning. Despite its importance, low- and middle-income countries rarely measure teaching practices, in part due to a lack of access to adequate classroom observation tools and the high transaction costs associated with administering them. Teach, a new, open-source classroom observation tool for primary classrooms, was developed to capture the quantity and quality of teaching practices in these settings with a simple, easy-to-administer tool. This paper validates the use of Teach scores for system diagnostics by providing four types of evidence. First, it provides evidence that the practices included in the tool have a clear conceptual underpinning. Second, almost 90 percent of local observers in Mozambique, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Uruguay were highly accurate using Teach after a four-day training. Third, using data from 845 classrooms in Pakistan, the paper shows that Teach scores are internally consistent, present moderate to high inter-rater reliability in the field (.75 intraclass correlation coefficient), and provide substantial information that allows to differentiate teachers, even those with similar but not equal scores. Finally, teachers who display effective practices, as measured by Teach, are associated with students who achieve higher learning outcomes.

Keywords: Educational Sciences, Gender and Development, Effective Schools and Teachers, Educational Institutions & Facilities

Suggested Citation

Molina, Ezequiel and Fatima, Syeda Farwa and Ho, Andrew Dean Y. C. and Melo Hurtado, Carolina Eugenia and Wilichowksi, Tracy and Pushparatnam, Adelle, Measuring Teaching Practices at Scale: Results from the Development and Validation of the Teach Classroom Observation Tool (November 26, 2018). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8653. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3290986

Ezequiel Molina (Contact Author)

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Syeda Farwa Fatima

University of Pennsylvania

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Andrew Dean Y. C. Ho

Harvard University

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Carolina Eugenia Melo Hurtado

Universidad de los Andes, Chile

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Tracy Wilichowksi

World Bank

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Adelle Pushparatnam

World Bank

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

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