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November 07, 2012

Decisive Teacher-Policy Wins for Unions in S.D., Idaho

Unions were among the big winners in several teacher-policy-related ballot referendums on tickets last night.

October 25, 2012

Research on 'Value Added' Highlights Tracking Problems

"Value added" gauges of teacher performance at the middle and high school level seem prone to certain kinds of bias.

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.

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