“Zero correlation” between teaching quality and ratings on student evaluations, says study

September 22, 2016

A new study has provided further evidence that “student evaluations of teaching are unreliable due to various kinds of biases against instructors,” writes Colleen Flaherty for Inside Higher Ed, yet institutions continue to consult these evaluations when making career-shaping decisions. Flaherty points to a number of studies suggesting that student evaluations of teaching have little to no connection with the amount of learning achieved, and cites new research showing that even “past analyses linking student achievement to high student teaching evaluation ratings are flawed, a mere ‘artifact of small sample sized studies and publication bias.’” Inside Higher Ed