Atlanta Public School's vision is to raise student achievement by focusing on teacher effectiveness by creating a system of support within the Atlanta Public Schools that:
- Recognizes that teachers are the single most important factor in closing the student achievement gap;
- Evaluates all teachers fairly and consistently;
- Gives all teachers the support they need to improve; and
- Hires, retains and rewards the most effective teachers.
As Atlanta Public Schools (APS) continues efforts as part of the Effective Teacher in Every Classroom (ETEC) Initative, the district is utilizing a value-added measure of student growth. With value-added analysis, APS will be able to accurately measure teacher effectiveness with data on students, test results and information on which students are taught. To ensure the quality of APS data going into the analysis, we are performing a data quality activity to verify the teacher-student data link.
During the spring of 2012, working with Battelle for Kids, APS engaged in a district-wide process called Roster Verification where 1,328 teachers in selected subjects within grades 4–12 verified 10,409 class rosters. The Roster Verification process strengthens the accuracy of school and teacher attribution.