Publications & Presentations


Evaluating Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (2014) by Lynn Holdheide, Lindsey Hayses, and Laura Goe. Published by the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders. This Supplement to the Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems provides information on how to incorporate the evaluation of SISP into the overall educator evaluation system, including guidance on tools, procedures, and policies for states and local education agencies to consider.

Teacher Evaluation in Chile (2013) by Paulo Santiago, Francisco Benavides, Charlotte Danielson, Laura Goe and Deborah Nusche. Published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. One of a series of OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education, this report describes the evaluation system in Chile considers how the educator evaluation system can contribute to the quality, equity and efficiency of Chile's education system.

Putting Emphasis on Teacher Quality (2013) by Laura Goe. This invited blog post was part of an Education Week piece entitled "A Nation at Risk: 30 Years Later" that addresses what has-- and hasn't--changed since A Nation at Risk was published. See all five blog posts (including posts by Freeman A. Hrabowski III, Luis Huerta, David C. Berliner, and Chester E. Finn, Jr.) at A Nation at Risk: 30 Years Later

Can Teacher Evaluation Improve Teaching? (2013) by Laura Goe. This article encourages educators and education leaders to consider ways to use the data collected as part of teacher evaluation efforts for promoting teacher professional growth. The importance of feedback and dialogue between evaluators and educators is emphasized.

Linking Teacher Evaluation to Professional Development: Focusing on Improving Teaching and Learning (2012) by Laura Goe, Kietha Biggers and Andrew Croft. This Research & Policy Brief was developed to support the efforts of states and districts to inform professional growth decisions and opportunities by strategic use of results from teacher evaluation processes.

A Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems (2011) by Laura Goe, Lynn Holdheide, and Tricia Miller. This policy brief is designed to serve as a tool to assist states and districts in constructing high-quality teacher evaluation systems in an effort to improve teaching and learning. It is intended to facilitate discussion and promote coherence in the development process.

Measuring Teachers' Contributions to Student Learning Growth for Nontested Grades and Subjects (2011) by Laura Goe and Lynn Holdheide. This Research & Policy Brief was developed to help states consider options for assessing student learning growth for the majority of teachers who teach content not assessed through standardized tests. Districts charged with creating evaluation models that incorporate teachers' contributions to student learning growth may also find this information useful.

High-Quality Professional Development for All Teachers: Effectively Allocating Resources (2011) by Sarah Archibald, Jane Coggshall, Andrew Croft, and Laura Goe. This Research & Policy Brief is intended to assist state and district leaders in selecting professional learning activities that represent a worthwhile allocation of limited resources.

A Practical Guide to Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness (2009) by Olivia Little, Laura Goe, and Courtney Bell offers highlights of a research synthesis which examined various measures of teacher effectiveness including value-added, observations, portfolios, surveys, and more.

Approaches to Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness: A Research Synthesis (2008) by Laura Goe, Courtney Bell, and Olivia Little evaluates the research on teacher effectiveness and the different instruments used to measure it. In addition, it defines the components and indicators that characterize effective teachers, extending this definition beyond teachers' contribution to student achievement gains to include how teachers impact classrooms, schools, and their colleagues as well as how they contribute to other important outcomes for students.

Challenges in Evaluating Special Education Teachers and English Language Learner Specialists (2010) by Lynn Holdheide, Laura Goe, Andrew Croft, and Dan Reschly provides the results of an inquiry conducted by the TQ Center with support from the Council for Exceptional Children and several national experts in the context of current research and practice in teacher evaluation. It offers policy and practice recommendations for regions, states, and districts to help in their efforts to create valid, reliable, and comprehensive evaluation systems for all teachers as they work to improve the achievement of all students.

Evaluating Teaching with Multiple Measures (2010) by Laura Goe is a brief paper commissioned by the American Federation of Teachers for distribution to teachers and others who want to better understand why multiple measures should be part of teacher evaluation.

Teacher Quality and Student Achievement: Making the Most of Recent Research (2008) by Laura Goe and Leslie Stickler summarizes a research synthesis which identified several teacher quality variablesincluding specific teacher qualifications, characteristics, and classroom practices and their relationship to student achievement.

The Link Between Teacher Quality and Student Outcomes: A Research Synthesis (2007) by Laura Goe considers the various ways of defining teacher quality as well as the many ways it has been measured. The studies that are the focus of the synthesis use standardized student achievement test scores as outcome measures.

The Distribution of Highly Qualified, Experienced Teachers: Challenges and Opportunities (2009) by Jennifer Imazeki and Laura Goe is designed to help states think about equitable distribution of teachers.


Standards-Based Rubric Template is intended to emphasize the role of standards in setting student learning objectives (SLOs) and establishing performance levels. You have my permission to modify and adapt to local needs and requirements.

A concept paper describing Evidence of Teaching Performance Activities (also known as "Evidence Binders")


Presentation to Nebraska Educator Evaluation Design Pilot Schools, October 24, 2012, in Lincoln, NE.

Presentation to Georgia Title IIa Conference, March 5, 2013, in Savannah, GA.

Presentation to Vermont Educator Evaluation Task Force, March 12, 2013, in Berlin, VT.

Webinar presentation for EdWeek, with Sara Heyburn (Tennessee) and Stephen Sawchuck (EdWeek), March 14, 2013.

Presentation to Missouri Department of Education Pilot Project Districts (teacher evalaution pilot) March 28, 2013.

Presentation to National Education Association State Convening, April 8, 2013.

Presentation to participants in IEL's Education Policy Fellowship Program at the IEL Washington Policy Seminar, April 22, 2013.

Presentation to Ohio School Improvement Grant Conference, June 10, 2013.

Presentation with Caroline Wylie to CCSSO State Teachers of the Year at ETS, Princeton, NJ, October 4, 2013.

Presentation at Vermont NEA SLO workshop, Burlington, VT August 4, 2014.

Presentation at REL MA Professional Learning Research Alliance professional development meeting, Philadelphia, PA October 24, 2014.

Presentation: Supporting Equitable Access Through Professional Learning at Equitable Access Convening. San Diego, CA, February 3, 2015.

Presentation: Creating a Culture of Data Use and Professional Learning at Arizona Summit VI: Designing Comprehensive Evaluation Systems: Leading the Implementation to Improve Teaching and Learning. Scottsdale, AZ March 1, 2015.

Presentation: Evaluation Feedback for Professional Growth at Arizona Summit VI: Designing Comprehensive Evaluation Systems: Leading the Implementation to Improve Teaching and Learning. Scottsdale, AZ March 2, 2015.

Presentation: Measures of Teachers’ Contributions to Student Learning Growth. Omaha Public Schools Teacher Evaluation Task Force. Omaha, NE, April 29, 2015.

Linking Teacher Evaluation and Professional Growth. AFT Teach Conference. Washington, DC, July 13, 2015.

Teacher Talent Pool: Avoiding a Potential Crisis. 2015 SAS Institute - College and Career Readiness: Strategies for Student Success. Hershey, PA, December 8, 2015.