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Teachers’ responses to feedback from evaluators: What feedback characteristics matter?

In response to initiatives to increase educator effectiveness as directed through flexibility waivers under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, many states are implementing new teacher evaluation systems. Those states are also seeking information about how evaluators can best use evaluation findings to provide individualized feedback to teachers to improve both teaching and learning. Data from Regional Educational Laboratory Central’s Examining Evaluator Feedback Survey were used to analyze teachers’ perceptions of feedback provided as part of their district’s teacher evaluation system as well as their ratings of the importance of various characteristics of feedback in their response to feedback. The study team then explored how characteristics of feedback and response to feedback are interrelated.