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Using Feedback From Students to Guide Teaching Practice

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  • Research on Teacher Evaluation
  • Research on Student Feedback
  • Measures of Effective Teaching Project
  • Implementing Student Feedback in the Classroom
  • National Policies and Practices
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The Ladder of Learning (colored engraving, 1835)

Research on Teacher Evaluation

Are States Changing Course on Teacher Evaluation? Education Week (November 17, 2017)

Teacher Evaluation: An Issue Overview. Education Week (November 3, 2015)

Everyone Complains about Evaluations. A Noble Laureate Offers an Alternative Chronicle of Higher Education (June 15, 2015)

School Evaluation, Teacher Appraisal and Feedback and Impact on Schools and Teachers
– Feedback has a strong positive influence on teachers and their work.– Feedback increases job satisfaction.– Feedback significantly increases teacher development.– The more detailed the feedback, the better improvement.– Many countries have a lacking feedback system, if it exists in the first place.
Student and Faculty Perceptions of Effects of Midcourse Evaluation (2011)
  • Faculty who read their midcourse feedback, discussed it with their students, and made pedagogical changes saw the most improvement in their ratings.

Research on Student Feedback

Study Highlights Value of Acknowledging Adolescents' Perspectives

Using Student Surveys as a Measure of Teacher Effectiveness, American Institutes for Research (June 2016)

Learning from our Students: Surveys Offer Performance Feedback to Teachers. Harvard Education Letter, May/June, 2015

The Listening Teacher: Getting Feedback From Your Students. TeachThought (January 2, 2014)
  • Ask students to focus on their work and accomplishment: How well did you shape a question that kept your interest?
    • Ask for specific responses: When you read, what strategies did you use to remember the main point (and it’s not okay to say none)?

Grading Teachers, with Data from Class, New York Times, September 3, 2014

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Ask the Students. Thomas J. Kane, Brookings Brief, April 10, 2013

Share "Feedforward," Not Feedback, Edutopia, June 2015

Using Teacher Evaluation Reform and Professional Development to Support Common Core Assessments, Center for American Progress, February, 2013

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Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project

(MET) Measures of Effective Teaching Project
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Illustration from Euclid's Elementa, 1306

Learning about Teaching: Initial Findings from the Measures of Effective Teaching Project

Student Perception Surveys and Teacher Assessments, Hanover Research, February 2013

Implementing Student Feedback in the Classroom

Multimedia.pngMeasures of Effective Teaching: Student Feedback from Teaching Channel

3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching. Vicki Davis. Edutopia (July 21, 2015).

5 Reasons You Should Seek Your OWN Student Feedback, Jennifer Gonzalez (October 23, 2014)

Using Student Voice to Improve Teaching and Learning

How to Collect High Quality Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching from Survey Monkey Blog

Expanding Democracy in Classrooms. Irene S. LaRoche Dissertation (2015)


National Policies and Practices

State Policy on Use of Surveys in Teacher Evaluation (see page 90) in State of the States: Evaluating Teaching, Leading and Learning, National Council on Teacher Quality (November 2015)
  • 2015 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: National Summary, National Council on Teacher Quality (see Figure 50, page 81)
    • 33 states permit student surveys
    • Student surveys are required in Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Utah.
    • 21 states permit parent surveys
    • 8 states permit peer surveys
    • 1 state prohibits surveys
    • 15 states have no policy

Companies Honing Tools to Survey Students about Teachers, Education Week, August 28, 2014

Trends in Teacher Evaluation: How States Are Measuring Teacher Performance, Center for Responsive Education (October 2013)

Student Survey Vendors

My Student Survey is an instrument developed by a group of educational consultants to collect student feedback about teacher practice.


Massachusetts Policies and Practices

ESE Model Feedback Instruments and Administration Protocols, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Student Feedback Survey. Learn North Carolina

Student & Staff Feedback resources including video discussions about the value and processes of feedback

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Connecticut Policies and Practices

Student Feedback Survey Materials

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Georgia Policies and Practices

Administering Surveys of Instructional Practice, Georgia Department of Education

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Hawaii Policies and Practices

Tripod Student Survey FAQs

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Kentucky Policies and Practices

PGES Student Voice Survey

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Arizona Policies and Practices

Student Survey Questions (for Grades 3-5; 6-12)

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Ohio Policies and Practices

Student Survey Instrument for Teacher Evaluation Service Provider Publicly Available Service Summary (from My Student Survey company)

Alternative Components of Teacher Evaluation, Ohio Department of Education.
  • Includes information about teacher self-evaluation, peer evaluation, student portfolios and student surveys

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Arkansas Policies and Practices

Student Survey of Teacher, Grades 6-12, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, Palmer, Arkansas

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Colorado Policies and Practices

Colorado's Student Perception Survey (Grades 3-5 and 6-12)

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Missouri Policies and Practices
Sample Student Survey Questions

Strategies for Developing Student Surveys

Creating Open-Ended Questions for Student Feedback on Course Surveys, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada