The Development and Implementation of a National, Standards-based, Multi-method Teacher Performance Assessment System in Chile

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Assessing teaching performance is a contentious issue in current educational policy in many countries. In Chile, a national, standards-based, multi-method, mandatory teacher evaluation system has been in place since 2003 to assess the performance of about 70, 000 public school teachers from pre-school to high school and adult education. The Chilean system combines formative and summative purposes and uses four instruments: a structured portfolio, a peer interview, supervisor questionnaires, and a self-assessment. In this paper we analyze the Chilean system as a case of interest regarding some controversial issues in teacher evaluation today. To this end we describe the system’s political background, implementation process and results. We put a special focus on the development and evolution of its evaluation instruments; we discuss their strengths and limitations and review the research evidence regarding their validity and reliability. Finally, we reflect on the Chilean experience in terms of the insights it can provide into teacher performance assessment for an international audience. 

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Taut, S., & Sun, Y. (2014). The Development and Implementation of a National, Standards-based, Multi-method Teacher Performance Assessment System in Chile. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 22, 71. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v22n71.2014
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Sandy Taut, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Sandy Taut obtained her professional degree in Psychology from the University of Cologne, Germany and her Ph.D. in Education from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She is an assistant professor at the School of Psychology at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an associate researcher at the Measurement Center MIDE UC.

 

Yulan Sun, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Yulan Sun has been the manager of the Docentemás project, the team at MIDE UC advising the Ministry of Education on the Chilean National Teacher Evaluation Program, since 2003. Before joining MIDE UC she worked for the Chilean Ministry of Education. She holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.