March 2012 Archives

An analysis from California's Legislative Analyst's Office urges the state to consider revamping its teacher-layoff policies, including reducing the emphasis on seniority.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he opposes the publication of teachers' ratings in newspapers.

A new study finds that teacher turnover harms student achievement and particularly affects low-income schools with more black students.

Teachers in a couple of Louisiana districts have gotten the green-light from their districts to take a professional development day to protest legislative proposals on teacher-quality rolling through the statehouse.

Formal training of the principals and other observers conducting teacher evaluations is a complex, necessary, and often overlooked component of the systems, concludes a new paper.

Teachers aren't getting enough formal preparation on how to make use of the reams of assessment data states are generating, contends the National Council on Teacher Quality in a brief released today. For the brief, NCTQ reviewed coursework from a representative sample of 48 teacher-preparation programs at 29 colleges. (The council plans an expanded report based on 200 programs in a few months.) It looked to see whether the programs instructed teacher-candidates and provided opportunities to them to practice in each of three main domains: • Assessment literacy, or understanding the types and purposes of various assessments. Less than half the...

The Chicago Teacher Advancement Program increased mentoring and improved teacher-retention rates in some participating schools compared to a similar, nonparticipating set—but didn't appear to raise student achievement, according to a study released today.

The U.S. Department of Education is gearing up for its second labor-management collaboration conference in May.

A variety of Florida alternative certification programs attracted a more qualified-on-paper group of teacher candidates compared to traditionally certified teachers, but varied in how effective graduates were in the classroom, a new study shows.

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