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October 30, 2013

Report: Teacher-Evaluation Policies Becoming Increasingly 'Rigorous'

The Washington-based National Council on Teacher Quality released its annual report rounding up states' teacher-evaluation policies, which have become increasingly stringent over the last few years.

October 15, 2013

Teacher-Evaluation Fears Playing Out in New York

A Syracuse high school is serving as a case study for how apparent glitches in an evaluation system can affect teacher morale—and potentially jeopardize teachers' careers.

August 21, 2013

Teacher Evaluations Tied to Test Scores: What the Public Thinks

Two national polls released this week come to different conclusions about whether the public supports incorporating standardized test scores into teachers' evaluations.

July 10, 2013

Tennessee Teacher-Pay Plan Riles Union

The recent adoption of a new teacher-pay plan in Tennessee has spurred backlash from many union members, including calls for the state's education commissioner to be fired, reports The Tennessean.

June 14, 2013

Baseball Sabermetrics and the 'Effective Teacher'

In a blog post for The Brown Center on Education Policy, Thomas Kane proposes a new definition for an "effective" teacher: one whose "predicted impact on students exceeds that of the average novice teacher."

March 28, 2013

The 'Widget Effect' Endures: Teachers Still Rated High

A recent Education Sector report does a deep dive into school evaluation systems in Washington, finding that nearly every school in the state failed to differentiate between effective and ineffective teachers and principals.

March 22, 2013

Value-Added Testing Now Ruining County Fairs?

So I bet you never stopped to consider the effects of teacher-evaluation reform on county fairs. I can't say that we have, either, but apparently this has become a not insignificant matter in the town of Carrington, Ohio.

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.

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.

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