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December 23, 2013

D.C. Schools Disclose Errors in Teacher Evaluations; Union Wants Answers

Scores were wrong for only a small fraction of teachers, the school system says, but the president of the Washington Teachers Union says she is "deeply disturbed" by the information.

November 25, 2013

Court Approves New Mexico Chief's Teacher-Evaluation Plan

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.

November 13, 2013

Newspapers in Calif., Fla. Can Access Teachers' Value-Added Data, Courts Rule

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

November 12, 2013

Teacher-Observation Frameworks Need Slimming, Advocacy Group Says

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

October 30, 2013

Report Sees 'Seismic Shift' in State Teacher-Evaluation Policies

The Washington-based National Council on Teacher Quality released its annual report rounding up states' teacher-evaluation policies, which have become increasingly stringent over the last few years.

October 17, 2013

Teacher Gains in D.C. Linked to Overhaul of Evaluations

The city's closely-watched system for evaluating teachers and providing bonus pay appears to have motivated weak teachers to make improvements, and to spur already-effective teachers to even higher levels of performance, a study finds.

October 08, 2013

Syracuse Union Head Vows to Appeal Evaluation Results

The Syracuse Teachers Association is not happy with results indicating that 40 percent of teachers are "developing" or "ineffective."

September 18, 2013

Chicago Teachers See Value in New Evaluations, But Eschew Test Scores

Nontenured teachers have a greater spread in ratings under the district's new system, even while teachers find value in observation feedback and the union criticizes the system's focus on test scores.

September 04, 2013

Seattle Teachers Approve Contract, Avert Strike

Details haven't been made public yet, but a leaked document indicates teachers' raises will be higher than they've been in five years.

September 03, 2013

New Louisiana Teacher-Evaluation Results Show Greater Distribution

About 90 percent of teachers are succeeding in their jobs and 4 percent are ineffective, a report from the Louisiana Department of Education says.

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