The city's closely-watched system for evaluating teachers and providing bonus pay appears to have motivated weak teachers to make improvements, and to spur already-effective teachers to even higher levels of performance, a study finds.
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September 17, 2012
At long last, the education advocacy group begun by former D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee has named a new, permanent board of directors. In addition to Rhee herself, the board members include: • comedian and school choice advocate Bill Cosby; • decorated television journalist Connie Ch...
June 25, 2012
Education advocacy group StudentsFirst seems to have raised about $7.6 million between its founding in October 2010 and July 2011, according to tax forms released today by the group.
July 15, 2011
The District of Columbia plans to give raises and bonuses to more than 600 teachers and dismiss some 200 others based primarily on data generated by its teacher-evaluation system, officials announced today.
May 23, 2011
Top on the list of stories that caught my attention this morning as I was catching up on last week's news was the announcement that former Washington Teachers' Union President George Parker would be joining former District of Columbia Chancellor Michelle Rhee's advocacy group, Students First, as a s...
March 20, 2011
A report explores the first year of data from D.C.'s IMPACT teacher evaluation system.
January 19, 2011
The mayor of the District of Columbia harbors concerns that the city's IMPACT teacher evaluation doesn't account for differences in the students and schools located across the city and therefore may not be fair to teachers, The Washington Post reports. This is a subtle but important story with pote...
December 01, 2010
Nathan Saunders eked out a win over incumbent George Parker in a very tight and contentious race for the presidency of the Washington Teachers' Union.
November 01, 2010
The winner of the race for the presidency of the Washington Teachers' Union could have an impact on the future of education reform in the District of Columbia's much-scrutinized school system.
October 06, 2010
Protocols for observing teachers in the classroom during an evaluation should be written in such a way as to leave little room for inference so ratings are clear and objective, the New Teacher Project asserts in a new report.