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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...

April 03, 2012

States Move to Close Off Teacher Evaluations

Two states have moved to shield teacher evaluations from broad public disclosure.

March 23, 2012

Arne Duncan: Newspapers Shouldn't Publish Teacher Ratings

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he opposes the publication of teachers' ratings in newspapers.

March 14, 2012

Training of Teacher-Evaluators Examined

Formal training of the principals and other observers conducting teacher evaluations is a complex, necessary, and often overlooked component of the systems, concludes a new paper.

February 23, 2012

Gates Weighs In as New York City Releases 'Value Added' Scores

New York state will release to news outlets tomorrow "value added" reports that purport to estimate a teacher's impact on his or her students' standardized test scores—an action certain to thrust discussion of these measures into the public eye once again, and one that also raises big questions about journalism ethics.

February 10, 2012

States Promise Evaluations for ESEA Waivers

States provided more teacher-evaluation details to receive NCLB waivers, but at bottom most states have many promises to keep.

February 09, 2012

The Challenge of Teaching Higher-Order Skills

Data from teacher evaluations could provide insight into the overall quality of instruction in America's schools.

January 24, 2012

Reports: Don't Forget Professional Development in Evaluation

A pair of new reports outlines how districts can think about using revised teacher evaluation systems to improve the quality of the teaching force.

January 19, 2012

N.Y.'s Cuomo Ties Funding Increase to New Teacher Evaluation Plan

As you may know, I'm tied up covering teacher-education rulemaking this morning. Fortunately, State EdWatch's Sean Cavanagh has some important news for you on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's bold attempt to spur teacher-evaluation reform in the state by conditioning state aid on the finalization of s...

January 12, 2012

NYC's Evaluation Impasse: From 'Transformation' to 'Turnaround'?

New York City schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott has lobbed the next volley in an escalating conflict with the teachers' union over a new evaluation system.

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