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April 10, 2014

Rosy Indiana Evaluation Results Trigger Soul-Searching

Indiana's teachers posted high scores on their first year under a new teacher-evaluation system.

April 10, 2014

Tenn. Teachers' Union Credits Motivational Video, Not Policy Efforts, for NAEP Gains

The Tennessee Education Association is pushing the idea that the states' NAEP gains could be explained in part by a motivational video shown before the test.

April 08, 2014

'Value Added' Data Need Careful Analysis, Consideration, Statisticians' Group Says

The American Statistical Association offers its take on the ever-controversial use of value-added methods in teacher evaluation.

April 08, 2014

Students Evaluating Teachers: Handle With Care

Can we expect teachers who are facing criticism for not teaching to the standards or the changed curriculum, who are not collaborating or learning new information, to listen to even more voices? Will this change behavior or will this serve to shut down more teachers, or worse, leave the opinions of students as the "ace" in the process?

April 03, 2014

Maryland Bill Delaying Tests for Teacher Evaluation Headed to Gov. O'Malley

Teacher evaluations linked to test scores would be delayed under a Maryland bill awaiting the governor's signature.

April 02, 2014

D.C. Voters Oust Mayor Gray: Uncertainties Remain on Schools, Evaluations

What will happen to Washington's high-profile education initiatives, such as the IMPACT teacher-evaluation system, once a new mayor takes office?

March 30, 2014

John Thompson: Legal Woes Growing for VAM-Based Teacher Evaluations

Since teachers must basically prove that value-added terminations are based on an irrational use of the model, it is no surprise that the first suits include cases where teachers are held accountable for the test score growth of students who they did not have in class.

March 27, 2014

Are We Ready to Consider Coaching Instead?

What if we replaced observation with a purposeful coaching model? First, we have to learn how to have conversations. The coaching conversation involves a dance between listening, asking open questions, and enough silence so that answers come from a deeper mind than the reactive one and a more heartfelt place.

March 25, 2014

Do We Need to Change Teacher Observation?

We have negotiated boundaries around observation and evaluation. We have laws and mandates we must follow. It is time for them to change. Maybe there can be some kind of shift, even within existing boundaries, that can allow for newer and richer and more worthwhile processes to emerge.

March 24, 2014

Race to Top States Making Good Progress, Center for American Progress Says

Overall, states have made great progress in a short amount of time, but there have been bumps in the road, according to a report by the Center for American Progress, a think tank in Washington.

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