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Matthew Kraft (Brown University)

Lessons from a decade of teacher evaluation reforms in the United States

Social Sciences Conference Wednesday, 31 May 2023, 19:00 hours Madrid

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Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces - salón de actos. Calle Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid.

Free admission. Necessary previous online registration. Limited capacity.



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How should we evaluate teacher performance? How can we use teacher evaluation to inform education policy and decisions about teachers? These are central questions that motivated a huge effort in the United States over the last decade to reform the teacher evaluation system. In this public lecture, I will summarise a body of research on the implementation of this reform at the national level and the consequences it had for the education system and the teaching profession. This initiative offers many lessons for other countries, such as Spain, about the power and difficulties of using evaluation to improve the quality of education and instruction at scale.

Wednesday,  31 May

18:30 h.

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19:00 h.


Daniel Santín 
Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

 19:05 h.

Lessons from a decade of teacher evaluation reforms in the United States

Matthew Kraft 
Brown University.

  Matthew Kraft 

Matthew Kraft is an Associate Professor of Education and Economics at Brown University. His research and teaching interests include the economics of education, education policy analysis, and applied quantitative methods for causal inference. His primary work focuses on efforts to improve educator and organizational effectiveness in K–12 urban public schools. His scholarship has informed efforts to improve teacher hiring, professional development, evaluation, and working conditions; changed how scholars interpret effect sizes in education research; and shaped ongoing investments in school-based tutoring and mentoring programs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matt is the recipient of the Society for Research in Educational Effectiveness (SREE) Early Career Award, the William T. Grant Scholars Award, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Palmer O. Johnson Award for best publication across the seven flagship AREA journals, and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. Previously, he taught 8th grade English in Oakland USD and 9th grade humanities at Berkeley High School in California. He holds a doctorate in Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education from the Harvard University as well as an M.A. in International Comparative Education and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.

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