Term

Summer 8-7-2015

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Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Jennifer Carlson

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Jamie Holtz

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Colleen Holtz

Abstract

Evaluating the performance of teachers in American public schools has become an issue that is important to many stakeholders. Because of this, it is important to determine if there are effective ways to evaluate teachers and, additionally, if those methods are being used. Based upon the literature, this paper synthesized six research-based valued practices that are used in effective teacher performance evaluation systems (TPES). This paper then conducted a survey of teachers in a suburban area high school in the Twin Cities to determine if these practices were being used in their TPES. Analyses of the data show that these six practices are overall being used in the school. Additional areas of research include expanding the survey to more schools, comparing how teachers and administrators view their TPES, and looking into whether teachers feel differently about their TPES based upon their years of experience and/or the subject matter being taught.

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