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The Age of Our Accountability

Link: http://www.nsdc.org/library/publications/jsd/guskey194.cfm

Evaluating staff development programs, rather than simply assuming (or hoping) that they�re helping teachers and, ultimately, students is essential to ensuring the integrity of staff development efforts. This article includes thoughtful discussions of the nature of evaluation, its purposes, and the different levels of evaluation performed by different schools and districts. The article offers concrete guidelines for improving the evaluation of professional development, and discusses the importance � and the difficulty � of gathering evidence that a staff development program has improved student learning.

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