CALDER Conversation

CALDER Conversations: Test-Based Measures of Teacher Effectiveness

The use of student test-based measures of teacher effectiveness in personnel decisions, such as tenure, is controversial. It is a major bone of contention in the current Chicago teacher strike. The conversation here focuses on the uses, value, and limitations of these measures, often called value-added measures. CALDER working papers that have contributed to this area of inquiry are listed below the conversations. Click on the pictures for information about each author.

CALDER Conversations: Evaluating Teacher Training Programs

Presumably one of the ways to increase teacher effectiveness – the most important factor affecting student achievement -- is through improved pre-service teacher training. Over 1500 programs in the country currently provide pre-service training for teachers. We know little, however, about the effectiveness of these programs and, more importantly, there is little consensus on the best way to measure TTP effectiveness. CALDER has produced four working papers examining pre-service teacher training programs (TTPs).