May 2015

Former MPES Fellow and Statistics PhD Candidate Arend Kuyper presents, “An Alternative Method for Teacher Evaluation When Using Student Test Score Data”

Join us in Annenberg 347, 12:30 – 1:30 PM for his talk!

When using student achievement data for evaluation of teachers, we are limited to either using value-added or student growth percentile techniques. We are proposing an alternative method that conceptualizes the process differently. We anchor our method in Item Response Theory (IRT). IRT methodologies are well established and already form the basis of most large scale assessments. For example, even though we are unable to directly observe a student’s math ability we can estimate her math ability by observing her responses to a series of well aligned questions. In much the same way, we are unable to directly observe a teacher’s instructional ability Our proposed method requires a set of well aligned questions or items that can be used to estimate a teacher’s instructional ability. Our conceptualization would designate the teacher’s students as those items. By leveraging well established IRT practices, we can analyze responses to the items (students) and estimate a teacher’s instructional ability.

Wellesley’s Phillip Levine presents “Early childhood Education by MOOC: Lessons From Sesame Street”

Phillip Levine
Wellesley College
A. Barton Hepburn and Katherine Coman
Professor of Economics
Friday, May 15, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
617 Library Place

Talk Flyer Here