Revisiting The Widget Effect: Teacher Evaluation Reforms and the Distribution of Teacher Effectiveness

@article{Kraft2017RevisitingTW,
  title={Revisiting The Widget Effect: Teacher Evaluation Reforms and the Distribution of Teacher Effectiveness},
  author={M. Kraft and Allison F. Gilmour},
  journal={Educational Researcher},
  year={2017},
  volume={46},
  pages={234 - 249}
}
  • M. Kraft, Allison F. Gilmour
  • Published 2017
  • Sociology
  • Educational Researcher
  • In 2009, the New Teacher Project’s The Widget Effect documented the failure of U.S. public school districts to recognize and act on differences in teacher effectiveness. We revisit these findings by compiling teacher performance ratings across 24 states that adopted major reforms to their teacher evaluation systems. In the vast majority of these states, the percentage of teachers rated unsatisfactory remains less than 1%. However, the full distributions of ratings vary widely across states… CONTINUE READING
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