As part of a five-year grant from the Institute of Educational Sciences, The National Center for Teacher Effectiveness (NCTE) is dedicated to the development of a better understanding of teacher effectiveness by balancing the strengths of different lines of teacher quality research.
NCTE has four primary goals:
unifying the disparate strands of research for teacher effectiveness, combining "value-added" measures based on student achievement gains with a close study of the features of effective teachers and teaching;
developing a suite of empirically validated instruments for measuring teacher effectiveness;
operationalizing the measures and ensure that they are usable in the field; and
externally validating the measure of teacher effectiveness against student achievement.
NCTE aims to meet these goals through its research and resources.