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This paper examines the relationship between student characteristics and responses on a student perception survey given in an evaluation and performance based compensation context, and whether these relationships are related to teacher rankings. The study sample includes over 3,000 middle and high school students in a large urban school district. Student perception surveys were gathered for all sections of 76 volunteer classroom teachers at three high schools and one middle school. Student survey responses were matched to district student academic and disciplinary records. Detailed analysis of the effect of including student controls on teacher rankings is ongoing, but preliminary results suggest that students’ survey responses are related to their performance expectations in the class as well as some of their background characteristics, suggesting that rankings of teachers that do not include controls for student characteristics may lead to bias.