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.


Federal negotiators have pushed back on the U.S. Department of Education's attempts to tie together the Title II accountability system for teacher preparation with eligibility for the TEACH grant program. (The two policies are housed in different federal statutes.) TEACH is a grant program that subsidizes tuition for candidates who agree to teach in high-needs fields in low-income schools for four years. States must identify "high quality" programs for the purpose of TEACH, and the Education Department has also proposed making that label the top tier of a four-tiered system states would be required to use to classify their ...


Negotiators trying to hash out new federal regulations for teacher-preparation programs seem to have hit the first major stumbling block on the road.


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