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February 26, 2013

Student Surveys vs. Customer Service

Jatish Marsh, a middle school health teacher in Georgia, explains that her state, like many others, is using student surveys as part of the teacher-evaluation process, a fact that she says she "accept[s]." But there are some communication issues.

February 20, 2013

Can Value-Added Models Handle the Transition to the Common Core?

Sociologist Aaron M. Pallas says that we may soon begin seeing wide descrepencies in student test scores across districts as a result of the Common Core State Standards.

January 28, 2013

Principal's Value-Added Score Oops

A Florida middle school principal accidentally emailed her teachers' evaluation scores to the entire school staff--value-added measures and all.

January 16, 2013

Research Review: Teacher Expectations Matter

A research review by the Education Commission of the States finds that teachers' expectations—often based on factors including race, ethnicity, and family income levels—can significantly affect students' academic performance.

December 27, 2012

Educator: Math Teachers Need Creative License

An educator warns that the centrality of standardized tests in math—particularly vis-a-vis teacher evaluations—may reduce the flexibility teachers' need to engage students in the subject.

December 13, 2012

Tackling Special Education Teacher Evaluation

For several years now, teacher evaluation has dominated education-policy discussions--but for the most part, the country's 430,000 special education teachers have been left out of the discussion.

December 07, 2012

Fla. Flubs Release of Teacher Evaluation Results

On Wednesday, the Florida department of education posted the first round of aggregate results from its new teacher evaluation system--then within hours identified errors and pulled the data from its website.

December 03, 2012

Details Hazy on L.A. Teacher-Evaluation Pact

The Los Angeles school district and the city's teachers' union have reached a tentative agreement about the conditions of a new teacher evaluation system, putting an end to months of court-ordered bargaining.

November 27, 2012

Take It From Tennessee: Lessons on Teacher Evaluation

At a session on teacher effectiveness at yesterday's Excellence in Action National Summit in Washington, Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman offered some lessons learned for legislators and state leaders looking to implement revised teacher-evaluation systems. The information he presented...

September 11, 2012

The Chicago Strike: Competing Viewpoints

Commentators flesh out issues and take sides in the Chicago teachers' strike.

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