Student Evaluations of Teaching Don’t Measure Effectiveness [...]

We find substantial variation in student performance across instructors, both in the instructor’s class and in a subsequent class. Differences are substantial in both online and in-person courses, though they are larger for in-person classes. Notably, instructor effects on students’ future course performance are not significantly correlated with student end-of-course evaluations, the primary metric through which instructor effectiveness is currently judged. Our findings suggest that colleges could improve student outcomes by paying more attention to who is teaching their classes. (Source)

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