Center for American Progress

ADVISORY: Student Voice in Improving Teacher Practice and Student Engagement
Press Advisory

ADVISORY: Student Voice in Improving Teacher Practice and Student Engagement

Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, July 10, leading thinkers on the issue of student feedback will join the Center for American Progress to discuss the importance of student voice in improving teacher practice and student engagement. At the event, CAP will release a new state-by-state analysis of data on student-reported insights into the rigor of their classes and the degree to which they’re engaged in rigorous learning activities.

Researchers increasingly believe that student surveys can provide important insights into a teacher’s effectiveness. When the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released findings from their Measures of Effective Teaching, or MET, Project last year, they found that student feedback was a far better predictor of a teacher’s performance than more traditional indicators of success like whether a teacher had a master’s degree or not. The mounting evidence on the importance of student surveys has been shaping policy at the state and local level too. Still, this important source of information—the student—has yet to find its full voice.

At the event, Rob Ramsdell, vice president of Cambridge Education, will discuss the Tripod Project’s work with schools and districts to analyze data from student surveys to assess student engagement, classroom learning conditions, teacher practices, and school climate. CAP Senior Fellow Ulrich Boser will share findings from his paper on the NAEP background surveys. We will also hear from a distinguished panel including William Hileman of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and Pittsburgh King Elementary School teacher Tiffany Francis. Pittsburgh Public Schools is a participant in the MET project to develop and test rigorous measures of teacher effectiveness.

Featured presenters:
Rob Ramsdell, Vice President, Cambridge Education
Ulrich Boser, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Featured panelists:
William Hileman, Vice President, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers
Tiffany Francis, Teacher, Pittsburgh King Elementary School

Cynthia G. Brown, Vice President for Education, Center for American Progress

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

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For more information, contact Katie Peters at [email protected], or at 202.741.6285.


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