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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Testing and Assessment
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Teacher Evaluation
How can we best evaluate our teachers? How might they be better prepared when they enter the classroom? How should they be selected? Teacher quality is perhaps the most important single determinant of the quality of the educational experience, but there are countless unanswered questions about how to make sure schools have well prepared teachers in every classroom. Our work provides a clear picture of where the research meets the real-world demands of policy.

Current Projects

Exploring an Integrated Descriptive Data System for Teacher Preparation

Published Reports

Getting Value Out of Value-Added: Report of a Workshop  (BOTA)

Value-added methods refer to efforts to estimate the relative contributions of specific teachers, schools, or programs to student test performance. In recent years, these methods have attracted... Read more

Preparing Teachers:Building Evidence for Sound Policy  (BOTA)

Teachers make a difference. The success of any plan for improving educational outcomes depends on the teachers who carry it out and thus on the abilities of those attracted to the field and their... Read more

Letter Report to the U.S. Department of Education on the Race to the Top Fund  (BOTA)

This report examines the Race to the Top initiative--a $4.35 billion grant program included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to encourage state-level education reforms. The report... Read more

Assessing Accomplished Teaching: Advanced-Level Certification Programs  (BOTA)

The mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is to establish "high and rigorous standards for what teachers should know and be able to do, to certify teachers who meet... Read more

Testing Teacher Candidates: The Role of Licensure Tests in Improving Teacher Quality  (BOTA)

COMMITTEE ON ASSESSMENT AND TEACHER QUALITY DAVID Z. ROBINSON, Chair, Carnegie Corporation of New York LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND, School of Education, Stanford University CARL A. GRANT, Department of... Read more

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