Education Chancellor pledges to review D.C.’s controversial teacher evaluation system

October 20, 2019


The National Bureau of Economic Research, a nonprofit organization, published a study in 2013 that found teachers who received low scores on their evaluations were more likely to leave their jobs than high-scoring teachers who were close to earning a substantial merit raise.

The study — written by the University of Virginia’s James H. Wyckoff and Stanford University’s Thomas S. Dee — suggests that incentives of the variety that the District used “can substantially improve the measured performance of the teaching workforce.”

Other national studies have shown that teacher evaluation systems have done little to improve teacher quality or student learning.