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Measuring and Summarizing the Multiple Dimensions of Teacher Effectiveness

There is an emerging consensus that teachers impact multiple student outcomes, but it remains unclear how to measure and summarize the multiple dimensions of teacher effectiveness into simple metrics for research or personnel decisions. We present a multidimensional empirical Bayes framework and illustrate how to use noisy estimates of teacher effectiveness to assess the dimensionality and predictive power of teachers' true effects. We find that it is possible to efficiently summarize many dimensions of effectiveness and most summary measures lead to similar teacher rankings; however, focusing on any one specific measure alone misses important dimensions of teacher quality.

Keywords
value-added; teacher effectiveness; non-test score measures; teacher evaluation
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Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/h9qh-0078

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Mulhern, Christin, and Isaac M. Opper. (). Measuring and Summarizing the Multiple Dimensions of Teacher Effectiveness. (EdWorkingPaper: 21-451). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/h9qh-0078

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