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April 22, 2016

Texas Teachers' Union Sues to Block New Evaluation System

The union contends that the system, which would have districts base at least 20 percent of a teacher's score on "student growth measures," violates a state law that requires that educators' evaluations be based exclusively on "observable, job-related behavior."

March 17, 2016

Teacher-Evaluation Shifts: Georgia to Scale Back Testing Component

Many states are mulling teacher evaluation 2.0, and a Georgia bill reducing the weight of tests is now close to the finish line.

March 11, 2016

Southern Lawmakers Reconsidering Role of Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

Lawmakers across the South, home to some of the nation's most test score-centric teacher-evaluation systems, are rethinking the weight placed on value-added measures.

March 01, 2016

State Chiefs Pledge to Maintain Teacher Evaluation Post NCLB

But teacher-evaluation systems should prioritize professional development, not merely accountability and test scores, they said.

March 01, 2016

Despite Teacher-Evaluation Changes, the 'Widget Effect' Is Alive and Well

Teacher evaluation has been overhauled in dozens of states, but those changes haven't affected the cultural norms that can lead to inflated ratings.

February 22, 2016

Teacher-Evaluation Lawsuit in Tennessee Nixed by Federal Judge

Tennessee's teacher-evaluation system has survived yet another legal challenge.

February 10, 2016

Teacher Evaluation Primed for Overhaul in D.C.

Among other things, the independent "master educator" observations will be eliminated.

January 27, 2016

In New York, Teacher-Evaluation Problems Mount

In the latest twists and turns, some New York teachers got erroneous growth scores, and the teachers' union sued over a conflict with collective bargaining.

January 25, 2016

Replacing Some D.C. Teachers Boosted Achievement (But Your Mileage May Vary)

When low-performing teachers were replaced with new teachers, students did significantly better, the study found.

January 22, 2016

Class Composition Can Bias English Teachers' Observation Scores, Study Finds

English teachers with higher-achieving students tended to get better scores on part of a popular teacher-evaluation framework.

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