- University of Trento
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Polo Santa Marta, Via Cantarane 24, Sala Vaona
Enrico Rettore (University of Trento)
Does Reporting Heterogeneity Invalidate Student Evaluations of Teaching?
Student Evaluations of Teaching (SET) are a subjective measure of student satisfaction that is often used to assess teaching quality. The validity of this measure is challenged if students are heterogeneous in their reporting style and sort across courses. Using administrative data that link all evaluations carried out by a student, we are able to estimate student-specific reporting scales. We show that reporting heterogeneity accounts for about one third of the within-course variation of SET and that student sorting can severely alter the ranking of courses within a major. Our results question the use of SET to incentivise teachers.