Research and Policy Reports
Below are select reports examining the impact of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching's initiatives on teaching and learning.
TAP Research Summary: December 2017
Research Overview: Key Findings from 10 Studies of the TAP System
TAP Research Summary: June 2017
NIET | June 2017
TAP Research Summary: November 2016
NIET | November 2016
Learning on the Job: How Evaluation Systems Can Support Teacher Growth
Gary W. Ritter and Joshua H. Barnett | March 2016
TAP Research Summary: March 2016
TAP Research Summary: June 2015
Comprehensive Educator Effectiveness Models That Work: Impact of TAP System on Student Achievement in Louisiana
NIET | November 2014
Staying Power: The Impact of the TAP System on Retaining Teachers Nationwide
NIET | October 2014
TAP Research Summary: March 2014
NIET | March 2014
TAP High School Symposium: Lessons Learned from Principals and Teachers
NIET | July 2014
TAP System Leads to Improved Achievement and Practice in Louisiana
Dale Mann, Ph.D., Trevor Leutscher, Ph.D., R. Martin Reardon, Ph.D. | September 2013
Conducted by Interactive, Inc., a national firm specializing in education program evaluation, the two-year study included schools from across Louisiana, including elementary, middle,and high schools in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
Louisiana was selected because it has one of the longest standing TAP implementations reaching back to 2001, with nearly 80 schools participating in the 2012-2013 school year.
The study's lead author, Dr. Dale Mann, concluded that "the TAP schools outperform the comparison schools despite the fact that some of the comparison schools had 'teacher coaches,' 'teacher leaders,' and Professional Learning Communities that resemble TAP's cluster groups.
"The multiple, positive outcomes from the TAP System-participating schools makes the point that intensive,comprehensive, and sustained interventions are necessary to transform schooling."
Preparing Teachers for the Common Core: Aligning Standards for Teaching with Standards for Learning
August 19, 2013
The Effectiveness of TAP: Research Summary 2012
NIET | April 2012
A Teacher Evaluation System That Works
Glenn Daley and Lydia Kim | August 2010
Unleashing Teacher Leadership: How Former Teacher Leader Roles Can Improve Instruction
Lowell Milken: Teacher Leaders as the Opportunity
Lowell Milken | March 2018
Training Teachers to Be Effective on Day One
Developing Teacher Leadership in Iowa
Increasing Educator Effectiveness: Lessons Learned from Teacher Incentive Fund Sites
Jonathan Eckert | February 2013
Beyond Job Embedded: Ensuring That Good Professional Development Gets Results
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching | March 2012
More than Measurement: The TAP System's Lessons Learned for Designing Better Teacher Evaluation Systems
Craig Jerald and Kristan Van Hook | January 2011
Performance-Based Compensation: Design and Implementation at Six Teacher Incentive Fund Sites
Dr. Jonathan Eckert | August 2010
More Than Widgets: TAP: A Systemic Approach to Increased Teaching Effectiveness
Dr. Jonathan Eckert, Ed.D. | December 2009
1) differentiate teachers based on effectiveness;
2) identify and train expert evaluators;
3) integrate evaluation with teacher support; and
4) provide options for ineffective teachers.
In this paper, Eckert explains how TAP fulfills each of these recommendations in meaningful, sustainable ways.
Aligned by Design: How Teacher Compensation Reform Can Support and Reinforce Other Educational Reforms
Craig Jerald for the Center for American Progress (CAP) | July 2009