Teachers’ and school administrators’ attitudes and beliefs of teacher evaluation: a preliminary investigation of high poverty school districts

Linda A. Reddy, Christopher M. Dudek, Stephanie Peters, Alexander Alperin, Ryan J. Kettler, Alexander Kurz

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Abstract

This study examined attitudes and beliefs regarding teacher evaluation of teachers and their school administrators in the state of New Jersey, USA. The sample included 33 school administrators and 583 Pre-K through 12th grade teachers from four high-poverty urban school districts (22 schools). Participant attitudes and beliefs were assessed using the Teacher Evaluation Experience Scale (TEES; Reddy et al. in Educational Assessment, 21(2), 120–134, 2016). TEES is a multi-informant assessment designed to measure teachers’ and school administrators’ experiences with teacher evaluation through five scales (i.e., total and subscales of system, feedback, process, and motivation to change) and six open-ended questions. Based on the qualitative analyses, teachers identified collaborative communication and evaluation feedback as the most helpful aspects of their evaluation process. Based on the quantitative analyses, however, their average ratings did not exceed neutral on any of the four subscales. Overall findings suggest that school administrators’ experiences with teacher evaluation are more favorable than teachers’ experiences. Moderate correlations are found between participant characteristics and TEES scales. Implications for teacher evaluation are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalEducational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability
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StateAccepted/In press - Jul 4 2017

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Keywords

  • Assessment
  • System change
  • Teacher evaluation
  • Teacher experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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