November 2013 Archives

A state court says the state's education secretary acted within her authority in crafting a teacher-evaluation system put into place this school year.

Scores on Michigan's tougher teacher-licensing tests have fallen.

Two reports show that teacher-preparation programs are often lacking the data needed to improve the quality of their instruction.

Under newly approved standards, Rhode Island will expect entering classes of teacher candidates to have higher entrance-exam scores and GPAs.

The University of Southern California has pledged to provide assistance and professional development to teachers and other alumni who seek it.

Rolling back key NCLB waiver requirements may be an untimely move, given two studies recently released showing that disadvantaged students tend to get weaker instruction.

Appeals courts in California and Florida have just ruled that releasing 'valued-added' data on teachers' performance is in the public interest.

Frameworks for judging teachers are too dense and focus too much on skills over content, a research and advocacy group asserts.

On average, disadvantaged students don't get the same quality of instruction as their more affluent peers, a study shows.

A panel has recommended a maximum cut score on a teacher-licensing exam many states plan to use. But will states adhere to it?

Many advocates are seizing on the NAEP claims as evidence that their teacher-effectiveness strategies are working. Are they? Maybe, but it's hard to prove empirically.

Effective elementary teachers who transferred to low-achieving schools boosted students' scores, according to a randomized experiment. But many eligible teachers did not want to move despite financial rewards.

Unions oppose details of a House bill requiring background checks for teachers.


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