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July 05, 2011

True and False on NEA's New Evaluation Policy

I've been getting lots of queries about the NEA's new teacher-evaluation policy, and the best way to address this is to list some of the common assertions I'm reading out there and to try to parse their "truthiness." Without further ado: The policy statement adds nothing new to NEA's position on e...

July 04, 2011

NEA Passes Teacher-Evaluation Policy, With a Catch-22 on Test Scores

NEA affiliates can in theory but not yet in practice use test scores as part of a teacher's evaluation.

June 16, 2011

'Trailer' Bill Secures Union Support for Ill. Teacher Law

Lawmakers passed a series of technical changes to Illinois' teacher-evaluation bill to secure union support.

June 07, 2011

The Business of Teacher Evaluation

A teacher-effectiveness industry of sorts appears to be rapidly developing, thanks to the Race to the Top and other policy efforts. The latest sign of this interesting phenomenon comes from an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story reporting that Georgia will spend $750,000 on a contract to hire an ex...

June 03, 2011

New York In Limbo Over Tests in Evaluations

A dangerous game of chicken is emerging all over New York in regards to teacher evaluations.

May 13, 2011

Developments on 'Effectiveness' Materialize in Texas, Illinois

The week saw two major developments in teacher effectiveness policies in Illinois and in Houston, Texas.

May 11, 2011

NEA to Consider New Evaluation Policies

This summer, NEA delegates will vote whether to approve a policy statement allowing test scores to be one of several measures of a teacher's evaluation.

April 26, 2011

Studies Link Classroom Observations to Student Achievement

Two recent studies on Cincinnati's teacher-evaluation system provide some initial insights about classroom practices that seem to be linked to better student performance, and evidence that teachers improve as a result of the formal review process.

April 15, 2011

States Flesh Out Teacher Evaluation Frameworks

Tennessee and Colorado panels have fleshed out their state's evaluation frameworks.

April 14, 2011

Toledo Peer Review and Race to Top Spared, For Now

A peer-review plan, as well as $11 million in RTTT funds, have been preserved in Toledo, Ohio.

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