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Move over ‘value added’: Teacher observation data more useful in human capital decisions

In the wake of Race to the Top, data play an increasing factor in teacher performance evaluations, with value-added scores, which reflect a teacher’s ability to affect student achievement, at the forefront. But a new Vanderbilt study finds that data culled from classroom observations is actually what is driving principals’ human capital decision-making, and may be more reliable than value-added.

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