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Mission Possible?

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In this important and well-argued book, Jim Popham explains why teacher evaluation absolutely has to be based on a "weighted evidence" approach, and shows what policy-makers, administrators, and teachers need to do to make this work. Everyone interested in the quality of education in the United States should read this book.

VERY in-depth and comprehensive. It really is one of the best summaries of testing I have ever read, and it makes an incredible case for improving the teacher evaluation dilemma" -- Joe Crawford, Corwin author and Consultant "I like many of his proposals about the format of a quality teacher evaluation system.

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As a New York state high school principal, I feel our state is working to put many of these recommendations into practice. Daniels, High School Principal "I find the book to be an interesting and effective guide to help a state or school district purse a teacher evaluation process that can measure the true progress of a teacher's competence and value.

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In this book the author addresses the need for teacher accountability and addresses the hurdles and pitfalls which are often encountered in states and school districts attempts to develop a comprehensive and all encompassing fair teacher evaluation process. Weingartner, Corwin Author and Retired Principal "I could see using this text in a book study with my administrative team as we discuss how we can ensure effectiveness in our assessments of classroom performance.

His explanation of what to look at for evidentiary source makes more sense than anything the state put out, but in the end, the state will dictate a good part of what will be used in the evaluation. It is too bad this book was not out during the roll out of teacher evaluations in states everywhere. I am sure the author's wisdom could have certainly helped in selecting tests that effectively measure teacher effectiveness. This book focuses on the hottest topic in the field of education right now and the author clearly has a great deal of experience with the subject.


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In addition, his use of humor makes the book an enjoyable read. Peter DeWitt, Corwin Author and Elementary School Principal "Once again Jim Popham has brought insight and clarity to a complex topic that only a person of his stature and expertise could provide. Marzano, CEO "Evaluating America's Teachers by James Popham is an enlightening description of methods utilized to evaluate teachers, with strengths and weaknesses described for each method.

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Federal mandates have positioned teachers on the receiving end of evaluations that are poorly understood in terms of reliability, validity, and bias. This book provides insight on teacher evaluation not only for teachers, but administrators and policy makers as well. It informs readers of the essentials involved in teacher evaluation.

Drawing on a deep reservoir of technical knowledge in assessment and evaluation, Dr. Popham uniquely combines expertise, perspective, and wisdom to present an authentic path forward for policymakers, administrators, and teachers to address the evaluation of teachers in ways that honor the work they do with children in classrooms. If we commit to the disciplined thought and action called for in this eminently readable book, America's teachers and children will thrive. Orr, Superintendent of Schools "As America's educational policymakers wrestle with revamping teacher evaluation systems, decisions are likely to be made that will have real and significant consequences in classrooms-the stakes are high.

Every school board member in the country needs a solidly-researched, clearly articulated guide to understanding what works and what could go wrong. Popham's Evaluating America's Teachers is that guide. Budd, Esq. I truly feel after reading Evaluating America's Teachers: Mission Possible that this task is not only, in Popham's words a "mission possible," but it is a mission critical for America's schools.

No one should make policy at any level or strive to build a defensible teacher evaluation system without studying this book. Here is a single book, from a nationally recognized scholar, that makes sense of the issues involved with the evaluation of teachers. Berliner, Regents' Professor Emeritus "Popham's gift of writing and his wealth of knowledge and experience pour out of every page in this book.

It recognises the inevitable-we will evaluate teachers-and shows how it can be done properly provided we remember that it is humans weighing the various sources of evidence that make judgements and not isolated instruments observations, tests, ratings that make these decisions.

Hence, multiple methods, growth models, a clarity between formative and summative interpretations, and an emphasis on ensuring that the methods have instructional validity. The book glistens with goodness, it is sobering but optimistic, and it is fun to read. This book does just that and should be a "must read" for policymakers, administrators, and teachers. Throughout the book there are many "pearls of wisdom" that help steer the teacher evaluation discussion in states and local school districts. Popham makes many true and important points in this book.

Particularly noteworthy is his point that tests are not validated, inferences are. A measure that may well allow valid inferences about what a student knows may not necessarily be valid in making an inference about teacher effectiveness. I believe that many of those wishing to evaluate teacher effectiveness miss this important point.

Mehrens, Professor Emeritus "Through his delightful wit and insightful use of vocabulary, Jim Popham has crafted a must read book for education policy makers, school administrators, and teachers. Throughout the book there are many "pearls of wisdom" that help steer the teacher evaluation discussion in states and local school districts. As a chief state school officer who is currently working on implementing a statewide teacher evaluation system that is required to meet the Race to the Top and ESEA waiver requirements, this book provided me with the right questions to ask prior to completion of our work.

I believe this book will enable readers to turn the subtitle- Mission Possible? This book does just that and should be a "must read" for policymakers, administrators, and teachers. It recognises the inevitable-we will evaluate teachers-and shows how it can be done properly provided we remember that it is humans weighing the various sources of evidence that make judgements and not isolated instruments observations, tests, ratings that make these decisions.

Hence, multiple methods, growth models, a clarity between formative and summative interpretations, and an emphasis on ensuring that the methods have instructional validity. The book glistens with goodness, it is sobering but optimistic, and it is fun to read. Here is a single book, from a nationally recognized scholar, that makes sense of the issues involved with the evaluation of teachers. Berliner, Regents' Professor Emeritus "In an effective and diplomatic manner, Popham suggests concrete ways that policy makers, along with local school leaders and teachers, can make sure our students are protected from summative teacher evaluation systems that do more harm than good.

No one should make policy at any level or strive to build a defensible teacher evaluation system without studying this book. I truly feel after reading Evaluating America's Teachers: Mission Possible that this task is not only, in Popham's words a "mission possible," but it is a mission critical for America's schools. Every school board member in the country needs a solidly-researched, clearly articulated guide to understanding what works and what could go wrong.

Popham's Evaluating America's Teachers is that guide.

Evaluating America’s Teachers

Budd, Esq. Drawing on a deep reservoir of technical knowledge in assessment and evaluation, Dr. Popham uniquely combines expertise, perspective, and wisdom to present an authentic path forward for policymakers, administrators, and teachers to address the evaluation of teachers in ways that honor the work they do with children in classrooms. If we commit to the disciplined thought and action called for in this eminently readable book, America's teachers and children will thrive.

Orr, Superintendent of Schools " Evaluating America's Teachers by James Popham is an enlightening description of methods utilized to evaluate teachers, with strengths and weaknesses described for each method. Federal mandates have positioned teachers on the receiving end of evaluations that are poorly understood in terms of reliability, validity, and bias.

This book provides insight on teacher evaluation not only for teachers, but administrators and policy makers as well. It informs readers of the essentials involved in teacher evaluation. Marzano, CEO "I believe the book will be a very good resource to educators. This book focuses on the hottest topic in the field of education right now and the author clearly has a great deal of experience with the subject.

In addition, his use of humor makes the book an enjoyable read. Peter DeWitt, Corwin Author and Elementary School Principal "This book hits squarely on a topic for which district and state policy makers need current information. It is too bad this book was not out during the roll out of teacher evaluations in states everywhere.

I am sure the author's wisdom could have certainly helped in selecting tests that effectively measure teacher effectiveness. His explanation of what to look at for evidentiary source makes more sense than anything the state put out, but in the end, the state will dictate a good part of what will be used in the evaluation. In this book the author addresses the need for teacher accountability and addresses the hurdles and pitfalls which are often encountered in states and school districts attempts to develop a comprehensive and all encompassing fair teacher evaluation process.

Weingartner, Corwin Author and Retired Principal "I find the book to be an interesting and effective guide to help a state or school district purse a teacher evaluation process that can measure the true progress of a teacher's competence and value. Weingartner, Corwin Author and Retired Principal "I like many of his proposals about the format of a quality teacher evaluation system.

As a New York state high school principal, I feel our state is working to put many of these recommendations into practice. Daniels, High School Principal "It is an incredible discussion of the problem. VERY in-depth and comprehensive. It really is one of the best summaries of testing I have ever read, and it makes an incredible case for improving the teacher evaluation dilemma" -- Joe Crawford, Corwin author and Consultant "As states ramp up their teacher evaluation efforts, it is becoming more and more important that this is done in a way that benefits, rather than harms, students.

In this important and well-argued book, Jim Popham explains why teacher evaluation absolutely has to be based on a "weighted evidence" approach, and shows what policy-makers, administrators, and teachers need to do to make this work.

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