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Problems with the Use of Student Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers

Abstract

This report, produced by scholars convened by the Economic Policy Institute, focuses on claims that measuring teacher effectiveness by using student test scores will lead to improved student achievement. A review of the evidence leads the authors to conclude that test scores should only be a part of an overall comprehensive teacher evaluation program and that states would be unwise to adopt plans which heavily focus on test scores to evaluate and compensate teachers.

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