According to a report earlier this year by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, student feedback is better at predicting classroom success than teacher experience or graduate degrees, U.S. News reports—but while student surveys are standard practice at colleges and universities, most high schools leave this resource untapped. Yet asking students how their teachers are performing is a no brainer, says Rob Ramsdell, vice president of the consulting group Cambridge Education.

"If we think about it, who spends more time in the classroom, observing the dynamics of the classroom, than students?" Ramsdell said at a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on July...

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