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How Should We Measure Teaching Effectiveness?

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How Should We Measure Teaching Effectiveness?

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Student evaluations of teaching (SETs) are the most common tools for measuring instructor effectiveness. But a large and growing literature documents two major problems with SETs: they demonstrate bias with respect to gender, race, and other factors unrelated to teaching, and they don’t correlate strongly with student performance or student learning. These findings have motivated a national conversation about measurement of instructor effectiveness and the meaningfulness of statistical data collected from student evaluations.

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