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this is something I have been wondering about for a while now. In my school district (urban setting in Pennsylvania) student input amounts to exactly 0% of the final assessment for observed teachers. however, student performance, in the form of standardized test scores, amount a large percentage of a teachers final performance rating. Do any other states/countries take student input into consideration when evaluating teachers? if so, how does this look? I know from the peers I have spoken with that none of them have encountered student input being taken into consideration in the various rating systems at their districts. is there any research-based reason for this?

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    $\begingroup$ K-12 is more paternalistic and top-down than university education, where I believe student evaluations are a relatively recent thing historically. You ask if there's any research to support not using evaluations in high school. Is there any research to support using them at the college level? $\endgroup$ – Ben Crowell Jan 22 '15 at 15:18

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