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October 11, 2012

'Social Justice' Language in Denver Teacher Evaluation Draws Concerns

In response to complaints, the Denver district is revising language in its teacher-evaluation system that described a "distinguished" teacher as one who "encourages students to challenge and question the dominant culture" and "take social action to change/improve society or work for social justice,"...

September 27, 2012

Report: Most Michigan Teachers Ace Reviews

Nearly all Michigan teachers from a sample of districts scored a rating of "effective" or higher on evaluations in 2011-12.

August 31, 2012

California Teacher Evaluation Bill On Hold

A controversial teacher evaluation bill in California was unexpectedly spiked.

August 22, 2012

Report Outlines States' Teacher-Policy Shifts

A new report gives a comprehensive look at states' changing teacher-quality policies.

August 16, 2012

Bill Would Alter California Teacher Evaluation Landscape

A bill in California threatens to undo a state rule requiring pupil achievement to count in teacher evaluations.

July 18, 2012

Report: Tennessee Teacher-Observation Scores Inflated

Too often, the officials charged with evaluating Tennessee teachers on their practices have failed to properly identify and help low-performing teachers, concludes a report by the Tennessee department of education on the implementation of its statewide teacher evaluation system.

July 12, 2012

Next Up in Teacher Evaluations: Student Surveys

By guest blogger Liana Heitin This item originally appeared on Education Week Teacher's Teaching Now blog. The search for reliable methods of gauging teacher effectiveness—a dominant education policy issue over the last several years—has centered on classroom observation tools and value...

June 11, 2012

Court Rules L.A. Must Include Student Progress in Personnel Evaluations

The Los Angeles school districts must link personnel evaluations to student achievement, according to a tentative court ruling.

May 31, 2012

Detailed Review of 10 Teacher-Evaluation Systems Unveiled

An advocacy group releases a primer on 10 different teacher evaluation systems.

May 15, 2012

Calif. Lawsuit Challenges Teacher Tenure, Layoff, Due-Process Statutes

A handful of California parents have sued the state over five laws that allegedly concentrate poorly performing teachers in schools that primarily serve disadvantaged and minority students. Filed today in the California superior court, the lawsuit takes aim at California rules that: require tenure...

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