Assistant Professor Shanyce Campbell has received the 2019 Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award, given for an outstanding article appearing in an AERA-sponsored publication. This award recognizes the lifelong achievement of Palmer O. Johnson as a dedicated educator and for his pioneering work in educational research and methodology.
Dr. Campbell's article, authored with Matthew Ronfeldt (University of Michigan) - "Observational Evaluation of Teachers: Measuring more than we bargained for?" - addressed the use of observation ratings for comprehensive teacher evaluation, noting that the ratings may measure factors outside of a teacher's performance or control and that differences are unlikely due to actual differences in teacher quality.
Our secondary analysis of Measures of Effective Teaching data contributes to growing evidence that observation ratings, used as part of comprehensive teacher evaluation systems across the nation, may measure factors outside of a teacher’s performance or control. Specifically, men and teachers in classrooms with high concentrations of Black, Hispanic, male, and low-performing students receive significantly lower observation ratings. By using various methodological approaches and a subsample of teachers randomly assigned to classrooms, we demonstrate that these differences are unlikely due to actual differences in teacher quality. These results suggest that policymakers consider the unintended consequences of using observational ratings to evaluate teachers and consider ways to adjust ratings to ensure they are fair.
Dr. Campbell studies educational inequity, K-12 education policy, and teacher preparation and effectiveness.