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March 06, 2018

Are Evaluation and Tenure Reforms Scaring Away Prospective Teachers?

An "unintended consequence" of teacher-evaluation and teacher-tenure reform might be that fewer candidates are pursuing careers in teaching, researchers found.

February 15, 2018

Teacher-Evaluation Efforts Haven't Shown Results, Say Bill and Melinda Gates

The Gates Foundation is redirecting its financial backing away from teacher evaluation overhaul efforts to more "locally-driven solutions."

December 19, 2017

Teacher Performance Pay Boosts Student Scores (and 5 Other Study Takeaways)

The final results of a federal study on performance pay are in—and it looks like giving teachers bonuses led to slightly better math and reading results from students.

November 01, 2017

Using Test Scores Tends to Lower Teacher-Evaluation Ratings, Study Shows

Decisions about what elements to include in a teacher evaluation system, such as value-added measures, and how much weight to give them can have significant impacts on who is deemed proficient, according to a new study.

October 26, 2017

Houston District Settles Lawsuit With Teachers' Union Over Value-Added Scores

The Houston school district has settled a federal lawsuit brought by the teacher's union over the school system's controversial teacher evaluation system, which involved a secret algorithm.

October 23, 2017

Gates Ends Investment in Teacher Evaluation: What That Means for the Field

Some states are already backing off of linking student test scores to teacher evaluations--but it's not because the Gates funding stream is ending.

September 07, 2017

Let Teachers Lead, and Other Ideas for Making Evaluations More Useful

A new brief offers strategies for improving how administrators provide feedback on teachers' performance, including letting teachers lead their own debriefing sessions.

August 03, 2017

Changes to Teacher Evaluation Haven't Worked. Or Have They? See D.C.

A new report points to Washington, D.C., as a place where evaluation reform has improved the teaching force.

July 07, 2017

Want Principals to Rate Teachers Honestly? Take Away the Stakes.

Principals are more likely to rate teachers as ineffective in a confidential setting than on a formal evaluation with stakes attached, a new study finds.

April 10, 2017

In New Mexico, Major Changes to Nation's Toughest Teacher Evaluation System

The governor's plan reduces the weight of student test scores in teacher evaluations from 50 percent to 35 percent.

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