A student survey system known as the Tripod Project is helping districts harness student feedback on teachers in an effort to improve academic achievement, according to U.S. News & World Report. Developed by a Harvard professor, Tripod presents students with statements such as, "My teacher knows when the class understands, and when we do not," and "My teacher has several good ways to explain each topic that we cover in this class." The survey has three versions tailored for students in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-12. Surveys administered to high schoolers feature five response options ranging...

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