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A Think Twice Review of:

The Widget Effect: Our National Failure to Acknowledge and Act on Teacher Differences

Think Twice - Aug 05, 2009

Publisher/Think Tank - The New Teacher Project

Author(s) -

This report describes serious problems with teacher evaluation systems based on surveys conducted in 12 school districts in four states. The report urges changes to establish more effective evaluation systems that will be able to discern the highest and lowest quality teachers.

Reviewer(s) - Raymond Pecheone and Ruth Chung Wei, Stanford University

The reviewers find that the Widget report is well grounded and praises the report's policy recommendations as sound and consistent with prior research. However, the review also notes that the report lacks important details about its own methods and fails to consider or to draw upon any promising teacher evaluation strategies currently in use.