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ANALYSIS & RESOURCES FOR RESEARCHERS

The MET project carried out groundbreaking research on student perception surveys, classroom observations, and use of multiple measures to identify effective teaching.

Data collected from classrooms of MET project teachers also are available via special arrangement and a secure site to academics and researchers to conduct their own analyses.

This page includes all technical reports and publications published by the MET project, as well as information on accessing the MET database.

Research Publications

Designing Teacher Evaluation Systems: New Guidance from the Measures of Effective Teaching Project (2014). This book on 15 original studies by MET project partners using the MET project’s extensive data set provides insights on new teacher evaluation methods and on the current state of teaching practice in U.S. classrooms. To learn more and to purchase hard copies or other eBook versions, click here.

A Composite Estimator of Effective Teaching: Research (2012). This paper by researchers at RAND and Dartmouth College details the technical methods and analyses for the MET project's study of composite measures of teaching. A non-technical summary is included in the MET project brief, Ensuring Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching.

The Reliability of Classroom Observations by School Personnel (2012) This report by Harvard researchers presents an in-depth discussion of the technical methods, results, and implications of the MET project’s 2012 study of video-based classroom observations carried out by district-trained evaluators. A non-technical summary of the analysis is in the policy and practitioner brief, Ensuring Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching.

Have We Identified Effective Teachers? Validating Measures of Effective Teaching Using Random Assignment (2012) This report by researchers at Dartmouth, Harvard, and RAND presents an in-depth discussion of the MET project’s randomized experiment to determine the extent to which multiple measures can identify effective teaching. A non-technical summary of the analysis is in the policy and practitioner brief, Ensuring Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching.

Gathering Feedback for Teaching: Combining High-Quality Observations with Student Surveys and Achievement Gains (2011). This report by researchers at Dartmouth and Harvard presents an in-depth discussion of the MET project’s study of five different classroom observation instruments using recorded lessons scored by raters trained by ETS. A non-technical discussion of the study and its implications for policy and practice is available here.

Learning About Teaching: Initial Findings from the Measures of Effective Teaching Project (2010). This report by researchers at Dartmouth and Harvard presents an in-depth discussion of the MET project’s initial analysis of student perception survey results and student achievement gains based on different types of assessments. A non-technical discussion of the study and its implications for policy and practice is available here.

Resources for Additional Research

MET Longitudinal Database. Researchers can apply for access to the MET Longitudinal Database, which includes video and quantitative data collected by the project, with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan.

FEATURED RESOURCES

Building Trust in Observations: A Blueprint for Improving Systems; Practice Guide on Pre-Scoring Video

Feedback for Better Teaching: Nine Principles for Using Measures of Effective Teaching