FAIR TEACHER EVALUATIONS


Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations:  A Study of Correlations Between Instructor Excellence, Study Production, Learning Production, and Expected Grades,” by Stapleton and Murkison was published in the Journal of Management Education in 2001 by the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. The article has by now (December 4, 2021) been cited in 83 refereed professional journal articles in several academic disciplines, with eight new citations since April, 2021, proving the article is still being read and used by serious researchers,educators, and administrators as a guide for evaluating teaching productivity. 

Read a free PDF copy of “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” by clicking on this web address, http://www.sagepub.com/holt/articles/Stapleton.pdf

Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” is thirty-three pages long and contains numerous exhibits, charts, graphs, diagrams, statistical significance tests, correlation coefficients, and the like substantiating the findings.  The article provides hard evidence that teachers can in some cases increase their student evaluation scores and their merit raises by lowering standards and teaching to easy tests. 

Using a Composite Indicator of Teaching Productivity, as developed and recommended in “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” can help optimize fairness for teachers in schools and universities. Most teachers like to be recognized for doing a good job and want to be fairly rewarded based on their relative teaching productivity. A CITP can help make this happen. 

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