Measuring Educator Effectiveness: Tackling the Technical Issues


  • April 4, 2012 - April 6, 2012
  • Doubletree Hotel
    5401 North Scottsdale Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85250




The Southwest Comprehensive Center in collaboration with the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center, and REL West sponsored this sixth in a series of regional meetings on educator evaluation systems. The purpose of the meeting was to continue to provide timely information and opportunities to discuss emergent research, promising practices and strategies related to the design of teacher and principal evaluation systems, and uses of the resulting data. This meeting specifically focused on the technical aspects and formative evaluation of educator effectiveness systems.

About 50 staff from state departments of education, school districts, and partner organizations from Arizona, Nevada, and Utah (along with Colorado, part of the SWCC region) participated. The overall goal of the event was for participants to understand research-based educator evaluation principles and tools to systematically gather evidence about local implementation and overall impact of the system.

Specific objectives for participants were that they would:

  • Be able to develop a timeline for implementation and evaluation of their educator effectiveness systems;
  • Explore tools and/or processes for formative data collection, management strategies, and ways to monitor fidelity of initial implementation; and
  • Understand measurement issues relevant to evaluation of educator effectiveness systems.

Ellen Mandinach, REL West Senior Research Scientist, presented a breakout session (Monitoring the System: Data Needs and Methodology) focused on a research-based process for monitoring and formatively evaluating a pilot of state educator effectiveness systems

Each state team then participated in a working session, facilitated by REL West staff, that was tailored to their state in the development of their educator evaluation system.