Key Points:

  • Research has identified effective teachers as the most critical factor in determining student achievement.
  • Countries around the world have focused on teacher evaluation as a process that can be used to both assess and improve teacher effectiveness, through strengthening accountability and supporting the professional development of teachers. In South Africa this is a pressing issue.
  • This CDE publication is based on research that explores the connection between teacher evaluation, teacher effectiveness and student achievement across a wide range of countries. It reveals different approaches, common trends, best practice, important debates and valuable lessons for South Africa.\
  • This CDE publication is the second of three reports on the potential value of different approaches to teacher evaluation to improve teacher accountability and teaching quality. The report is based on research looking at a wide range of countries to explore the connection between teacher evaluation, teacher effectiveness and student achievement
  • The key finding is that well-designed performance-based assessments, which assess on-the-job teaching based on multiple measures of teaching practice and student learning, can measure teacher effectiveness. An integrated teacher evaluation model which combines these assessments with productive feedback and professional learning opportunities can increase teacher effectiveness and so raise student achievement.

Press Realease: Teacher evaluation: lessons from other countries

Download PDF