Publications & Presentations


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")

Worksheet: Questions to Ask About Measures and Models Useful for evaluating student learning growth models used in teacher evaluation. Updated May 4, 2011.


Presentation (via webinar) to the 60% Task Force (New York state)

Presentation (via webinar) to CCSSO State Consortium on Educator Effectiveness (SCEE) January 11, 2011

Presentation to Ohio Education Association January 25, 2011

Presentation (part 1) to an Ohio Task Force January 26, 2011

Presentation (part 2) to an Ohio Task Force January 26, 2011

Presentation (via webinar) to Maine participants, hosted by REL-NEI February 3, 2011

Presentation (via webinar) to CCSSO State Consortium on Educator Effectiveness (SCEE) February 8, 2011

Presentation to Maryland Educator Effectiveness Council February 14, 2011

Presentation (via webinar) to National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) February 15, 2011

Presentation (via webinar) to Maine participants (Part 2), hosted by REL-NEI March 3, 2011

Presentation (via webinar) to Alaska SIG districts, hosted by Alaska Comprehensive Center, March 25, 2011

Presentation to CCSSO Legislative Conference, March 29, 2011

Presentation (Gen Y Teachers) to Western Regional SIG Conference, April 6, 2011

Presentation (Teacher recruitment and retention) to Western Regional SIG Conference, April 6, 2011

Presentation (Comprehensive Evaluation Models) at Eastern Regional SIG Conference, April 13, 2011

Presentation (Aligned Teacher Evaluation System) at Southwest Comprehensive Center Workshop, April 14, 2011

Presentation (via webinar) to Oregon School Coaches, April 20, 2011

Presentation (via webinar) to Washington Teacher-Principal Evaluation Project, April 21, 2011

Presentation (via webinar) to Alaska (Mat-Su SIG), April 22, 2011

Presentation to Great Teachers for Our City Schools 4th Annual National Summit, April 27, 2011

Presentation to CCCSO SCEE National Summit on Educator Effectiveness, April 29, 2011

Presentation to California Labor Management Conference, May 5, 2011

Joint Presentation (via webinar) with Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center on Measuring Teacher Effectiveness with Student Learning Growth for Nontested Subjects and Grades, May 10, 2011

Presentation to Learning First Alliance Annual Leadership Council, May 12, 2011

Presentation to Central SIG Conference, May 24, 2011

Presentation to New Jersey Board of Education, June 1, 2011

Workshop presentation for Alaska SIG Districts, June 13-14, 2011

Presentation at National Conference on Student Assessment, June 21, 2011

Resources for discussing measuring teachers' contribution to student learning growth in non-tested subjects and grades July 2011

Presentation at AFT TEACH Conference, July 12, 2011

Co-presenter Ellen Sullivan's presentation at AFT TEACH Conference, July 12, 2011

Presentation (via webinar) to National Conference of State Legislatures, July 14, 2011

Presentation to Hawaii Race to the Top complexes, July 19, 2011

Presentation to Hawaii Department of Education leadership, July 20, 2011

Presentation to Hawaii Legislature, July 21, 2011

Presentation at workshop hosted by SEDL, Southeast Comprehensive Center, and Texas Comprehensive Center, July 27-28, 2011

Presentation to Baltimore Advisory Group, August 8, 2011

Presentation (via webinar) for SIG schools and states supporting them, August 12, 2011

Presentation at NEA Teacher Evaluation Summit, August 22, 2011

Presentation to Minnesota Educator Effectiveness conference, September 21, 2011

Keynote Presentation to Utah Educator Evaluation Summit, October 4, 2011

Workshop Presentation to Utah Educator Evaluation Summit, October 4, 2011

Presentation to Hofstra University Doctoral Policy Forum, October 15, 2011

Kickoff Presentation to Oregon Principals Conference, October 24, 2011

Workshop on measuring teachers' contribution to student learning growth, Oregon Principals Conference, October 24, 2011

Webinar Presentation on using student growth models to Pennsylvania Department of Education, November 16, 2011

Presentation on implementing teacher and principal evaluation systems at Southwest Comprehensive Center Conference, November 30, 2011

Workshop Presentation on evaluating teachers in non-tested subjects and grades at Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents Conference, December 6, 2011

Presentation to Regional Comprehensive Center leads on implementation challenges, January 25, 2012 in Chicago.

Presentation to Arizona Summit II: Using Student Performance Measures in a Comprehensive System to Improve Teaching and Learning, sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education in partnership with Southwest Comprehensive Center at WestED, February 26, 2012.

Presentation to Kansas-Missouri Superintendents Conference, March 1, 2012 in Kansas City, MO.

Presentation to Connecticut Performance Evaluation Advisory Committee, March 20, 2012 in Hartford, CT.

Presentation to Southwest Comprehensive Center Conference, April 5, 2012 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Presentation via audio conference to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), April 10, 2012.

Presentation via webinar to the Connecticut Performance Evaluation Advisory Committee - Sub-committee on Pupil Services Evaluation, April 11, 2012.

Workshop presentation to Nebraska Leadership Committee, April 19, 2012 in Lincoln, NE.

Presentation to Arizona Summit III: Using Formative and Summative Evaluation Data in a Comprehensive System to Improve Teaching and Learning sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education in partnership with Southwest Comprehensive Center at WestED, April 30, 2012 in Phoenix, AZ.

Presentation to the 2nd Teacher Leader Institute sponsored by the Delaware Academy for School Leadership, College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware, June 19, 2012.

Keynote presentation to Educator Effectiveness and Leadership Conference Co-hosted by REL Midwest and the Indiana University School Administrators Association (IUSAA), June 22, 2012 in Bloomington, IN.

Webinar presentation for Supporting OSDE Teacher Leader Effectiveness Initiatives Commission, Oklahoma, June 26, 2012.

Presentation at Measuring Educator Effectiveness: Lessons from Research and Practice Conference, sponsored by REL-NEI and NECC, June 28, 2012 in Marlborough, MA.

Presentation at National Governors Association - State Strategies to Evaluate Teacher Effectiveness Policy Meeting, July 23, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

Presentation to the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Commission at the Oklahoma Department of Education, August 15, 2012 in Oklahoma City, OK.

Presentation to the Institue for Education Leadership, September 17, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Webinar presentation for American Samoa, October 9, 2012.

Keynote Presentation to the North Dakota Education Association, October 18, 2012 in Fargo, ND.

Presentation (Student Growth) to the North Dakota Education Association, October 18, 2012 in Fargo, ND.

Presentation to Omaha Public Schools, October 23, 2012, in Omaha, NE.

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.