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September 01, 2016

New Jersey Triples Weight of Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

While most states have spent 2016 reducing the weight placed on student test scores in teacher evaluations, New Jersey has decided to triple it.

August 02, 2016

Teacher Groups to Ed. Dept.: We Need Guidance on Professional Development

A variety of teacher-policy groups want stronger PD guidance in the upcoming regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

July 18, 2016

In AFT Talk, Hillary Clinton Doubles Down on Support for Teachers

At the American Federation of Teachers convention, the Democrats' presumptive presidential nominee spoke about the recent spate of violence in America, while reiterating her positions on K-12 education.

July 14, 2016

Teacher-Quality Spending on Federal Chopping Block

The House is eyeing a $400 million cut to the teacher-quality program in ESSA.

April 13, 2016

ESSA's Teacher-Quality Grant: Everything You Need to Know

ESSA revised the $2 billion Title II teacher-quality program. Here's what you need to know about the changes.

March 31, 2016

Teacher-Preparation Regs: Feds Seek Comment on How to Judge Online Programs

The U.S. Department of Education is inviting additional comment on its long-delayed teacher-preparation proposal—this time, on how to apply the regulations to online teacher preparation programs.

March 31, 2016

Teacher-Pay Equity: An Unforeseen ESSA Wrinkle

Teacher-salary comparability isn't one of the allowable topics in ESSA rulemaking, but that's not stopping the topic from cropping up in the negotiations.

March 11, 2016

Southern Lawmakers Reconsidering Role of Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

Lawmakers across the South, home to some of the nation's most test score-centric teacher-evaluation systems, are rethinking the weight placed on value-added measures.

March 01, 2016

State Chiefs Pledge to Maintain Teacher Evaluation Post NCLB

But teacher-evaluation systems should prioritize professional development, not merely accountability and test scores, they said.

February 12, 2016

Could $1 Billion Make Teaching the Best Job in the World?

Teacher professional development and pay are tenets of a proposed $1 billion federal program, but Congress hasn't funded earlier iterations.

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