Student Achievement and Teacher Evaluation: A Review of Past and Current Government Policy Reform and Scholarly Research with an Emphasis On Multicultural Educational Implications

Allison Smith, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Alexandru Spatariu


The education system in the United States has focused on teacher evaluation as the primary means to address low student achievement nationwide. Review of the literature revealed dissonance between major federal reform policy that implicated teacher evaluation as the primary means to improve student achievement and what research and leading scholars report about ways to improve teacher quality and student achievement. This review of findings about teacher evaluation and educational policy indicates that the full-court press on teacher performance evaluation system reform must be stopped. Alternative approaches, such as academic mentorship programs, and various methods for improving student achievement have stronger empirical support and should be considered for implementation.