Capstone/Dissertation Title

Examining perspectives on teacher assessment

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed is: What are the different perspectives from administrators and teachers on the methods and elements that are used to evaluate teacher quality? This research was conducted by reviewing the existing national literature on the subject. The perspectives of Minnesota teachers and administrators on teacher assessment tools and methods were also analyzed through the use of surveys. The research from the literature and the participants of the study correlated greatly and revealed information that could be used to guide construction of ideal teacher assessment tools, such as the use of technology and peers conducting observations instead of only administrators. Also, collaboration between teachers and administrators when constructing assessment tools, administrating the actual observations, and with later reflection was brought up in both the survey responses and the literature review. This research could help guide future education policy on teacher assessment methods as well.

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