Monday, December 13, 2010

Divergent views about the value of anonymous student evals of their teachers.

On Saturday, the New York Times published a story called "What Works in the Classroom?  Ask the Students" that praised the preliminary results of a study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that concludes grade school students do a good job assessing the quality of their teachers' instruction. 

On Monday, another newspaper reported the results of a study of anonymous teaching evals used by college students to rate their professors and found that students "stretched" the truth in filling them out (with respect to both good and bad comments about their teachers). 

So which study is to be believed?  Can both conclusions be correct?  My Magic 8-Ball says "signs point to yes." 

Hat tip to Dean John Edwards.


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