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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Balch, Ryan Thomas
Author's Email Address ryanbalch@gmail.com
URN etd-07182012-153440
Title The Validation of a Student Survey on Teacher Practice
Degree PhD
Department Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
David Cordray Committee Chair
Mark Berend Committee Member
Matthew Springer Committee Member
Mimi Engel Committee Member
  • Measures of Teacher Effectiveness
  • Teacher Quality
  • Student Surveys
  • Teacher Evaluation
Date of Defense 2012-06-27
Availability unrestricted
Though there is widespread evidence that teachers matter, a more challenging problem exists in attempting to measure teacher effectiveness. It can be argued that student feedback is an important consideration in any teacher evaluation system as students have the most contact with teachers and are the direct consumers of a teacher’s service. The current paper outlines the development and preliminary validation of a student survey on teacher practice. Using data from a large-scale pilot in Georgia, the analysis finds that teacher scores on a student survey have a positive and marginally significant relationship to value-added estimates of teacher effects on student achievement. Further, there is a strong link between teacher scores and measures of academic student engagement and student self-efficacy. Finally, the paper investigates policy related issues that are pertinent to implementing student surveys as a component of teacher evaluation.
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