Conference

A conference entitled Using Student Test Scores to Measure Teacher Performance:  The State of the Art in Research and Practice was held October 10-11, 2013 at the Kellogg Center at Michigan State University. It was sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

The conference aimed to make a positive impact on policy by raising awareness regarding the challenges involved in value-added and growth modeling and the optimal methods and solutions that are currently available.  A mix of policy makers and researchers were in the list of presenters and participants.

Conference papers were collected and published in a special issue of the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, released in January, 2015.

Hosting the conference were Dr. Mark Reckase, a world-renowned expert on assessment, Dr. Jeffrey Wooldridge, a leading expert on econometric and statistical modeling, and Dr. Cassandra Guarino, an experienced education policy researcher.  Other well known researchers in the field included Drs.Duncan Chaplin, Doug Harris, Eric Isenberg, Cory Koedel, Elias Walsh, Gema Zamarro, and several others.   Participants included policy makers from the states who are responsible for producing these measures, individuals from consulting organizations who help states and districts with teacher evaluation (such as the Center for Assessment and the Value-Added Research Center), officials from leadership organizations like the Council of Chief State School Officers, and a representative from the AFT.

Policy Brief: Highlights of Conference on Using Student Test Scores to Measure Teacher Performance

Conference Agenda

Presenters and Panelists

Conference Paper Abstracts

Using Student Test Scores to Measure Teacher Performance – the State of the Art in Research and Practice

Sponsor:  Institute of Education Sciences

Location:  Michigan State University Kellogg Center

Date:  October 10-11, 2013

Conference Agenda Day 1

Welcome by Donald Heller, Dean of the MSU School of Education
Video

Introductory Remarks by Cassandra Guarino
Video

Research Session 1:  Bias and its Detection

Slides: Bias of Public Sector Worker Performance Monitoring: Theory and Empirical Evidence from Middle School Teachers
Video
Paper
Douglas Harris and Andrew Anderson

Slides: Assessing the “Rothstein Test,” Does It Really Show Teacher Value-Added Models Are Biased?
Video
Paper:
Goldhaber and Chaplin-Rothstein IES 10 29 2013
Dan Goldhaber and Duncan Chaplin

Slides: Evaluating Specification Tests in the Context of Value-Added
Video
Paper:
Guarino, Reckase, Stacy, and Wooldridge-Specification Tests
Cassandra Guarino, Mark Reckase, Brian Stacy, and Jeffrey Wooldridge

Research Session 1 Combined Q&A Video

Research Session 2:  Specifications, estimators, and consequences

Slides: Disentangling Disadvantage: Can We Distinguish Good Teaching from Classroom Composition?
Video
Paper
: Zamarro et al. Disentangling_Disadvantage_Final
John Engberg, Juan Saavedra, Jennifer Steele, and Gema Zamarro

Slides: Sensitivity of Teacher Value-Added Estimates to Student and Peer Control Variables
Video
Paper
: Johnson, Lipscomb & Gill Sensitivity of Teacher VA 11_2013
Matthew Johnson, Stephen Lipscomb, and Brian Gill

Slides: How does a Value-Added Model Compare to the Colorado Growth Model?
Video
Paper
:Walsh Isenberg-value_added_Colorado
Elias Walsh and Eric Isenberg

Slides: A Comparison of Growth Percentile and Value-Added Models of Teacher Performance
Video
Paper
: Guarino, Reckase, Stacy, and Wooldridge_Growth and Value Added
Cassandra Guarino, Mark Reckase, Brian Stacy, and Jeffrey Wooldridge

Research Session 2 Combined Q&A Video

Remarks by Jeffrey Wooldridge
Video

Panel discussion:  Implementation Challenges in Measuring Teacher Performance
Video

Brian Gong, Executive Director, Center for Assessment
Rob Meyer, Director, Value-Added Research Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Harold Doran, American Institutes for Research
Ryan Balch, Director of Teacher, Leader, and School Effectiveness, Baltimore City Schools (Slides)

Conference Agenda Day 2

Research Session 3  The Logistics of Who, How, and How Many

Slides: Is It Better To Estimate Value Added Using Elementary School Teachers?
Video
Paper
: Isenberg Teh Walsh elementary_school_data_issues
Bing-ru Teh, Elias Walsh, and Eric Isenberg

Slides: Accounting for Co-Teaching with the Full Roster and Full Roster Plus Methods
Video
Paper
: Isenberg Walsh_accounting_for co_teaching
Eric Isenberg and Elias Walsh

Slides: Incorporating End-of-Course Exam Timing into Educational Performance Evaluations
Video
Paper: Parsons et al. pkpex_EOCs_WP
Mark Ehlert, Cory Koedel, Eric Parsons, Michael Podgursky, and Peng Xiang

Slides: Sending Value-Added into Tailspin: Measurement Error in Models of Teacher Performance
Video
Paper

Cassandra Guarino, Eun Hye Ham, Mark Reckase, Brian Stacy, and Jeffrey Wooldridge

Research Session 3 Combined Q&A Video

Remarks by Mark Reckase
Video

Breakout sessions:  Implementation issues, Data issues, Presentation to the public
Video of summary

Panel discussion: Moving Toward Best Practices
Video

Lou Fabrizio, Director of Data, Research, and Federal Policy, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Mary Dean Barringer, Program Director Education Workforce, Council of Chief State School Officers

Howard Nelson, AFT

Tammy Howard, Director of Accountability Services, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Wrap up and Q&A
Cassandra Guarino, Mark Reckase, Jeffrey Wooldridge
Video