Educator evaluation, teacher growth, and student achievement

Student Surveys

Research shows that information from student surveys, combined with data from classroom observations, is a strong predictor of student achievement gains. Through our student surveys, teachers can identify areas where their practice needs improvement, and where and why classroom strategies are working well. They give teachers and administrators a full, accurate picture of a host of critical factors that impact student achievement, so educators know whether students are:

  • Understanding the subject matter
  • Making connections to subsequent content
  • Staying engaged in learning
  • Feeling safe and valued at school
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How Effective Student Surveys Inform Instruction

Student surveys are the new frontier in teacher evaluation. Some states, including Michigan, now mandate that students are surveyed about their teachers’ effectiveness, and those results are included in each teacher’s overall evaluation. The prevailing wisdom 10 years ago was that students were too young or distracted to be able to accurately evaluate their teachers.

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