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October 02, 2012

Sabotage as a Professional Responsibility

Valerie Strauss has a great guest post on her Answer Sheet blog from NY principal Carol Burris, who argues that new teacher evaluations incorporating student test scores are in fact harming students. She explains that principals are now reassigning students to prevent great teachers from repeatedly ...

September 27, 2012

Oversimplification Abounds in Teacher Evaluation Discussion

Should student achievement data be a major factor in teacher evaluations? While the political winds are whispering "yes" more loudly every day—and in many places, the whispers have become shouts—it seems that the louder we yell, the dumber we get. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen...

August 20, 2012

Before LIFO Can End

As teacher evaluation has become a more serious concern around the country, we're starting to see things happen through a process that was once considered a mere formality. Teacher evaluation is growing teeth, and they're starting to show. In New York City schools this year, just 45% of 3rd-year te...

August 08, 2012

N.J. Passes Compromise Bill on Tenure Reform

I wasn't planning to ever write the terms "good education policy" and "Chris Christie" in the same sentence, but it appears that state Sen. Teresa Ruiz has pulled off something of a miracle: a substantive education reform bill that satisfies both the teachers' union and New Jersey's hard-charging go...

July 11, 2012

MA Teacher Evaluation Law Weakens LIFO, Signals Pre-Emptive Compromise

The National School Boards Association's Legal Clips newsletter reports that Massachusetts recently passed a new teacher evaluation bill under threat of a ballot initiative backed by Stand for Children: The bill sped through the state legislature with little debate in order to get the bill to the go...

July 09, 2012

Principals and Teacher Contract Non-Renewals

Last school year, I took a survey on teacher non-renewal, and when the researcher shared the results with me later (a common practice in educational research), I thought they were worth sharing here. Thanks to Dr. Andy Nixon of the University of West Georgia for writing the following summary of his ...

November 20, 2011

Recommendations for Developing Teacher Evaluation Systems

Guest post from Rod McCloy & Andrea Sinclair In this blog entry, we provide some of our recommendations for developing teacher evaluation systems. These recommendations rest on the performance theory (Campbell, McCloy, Oppler, & Sager, 1993) presented in our previous two posts ("Performance or Effe...

November 04, 2011

Ramifications of the Performance/Effectiveness Distinction for Teacher Evaluation

Guest post from Rod McCloy & Andrea Sinclair In our initial blog entry, we argued that it is essential to differentiate performance (behaviors people engage in on the job; i.e., what people do) from effectiveness (the results of performance) when conducting teacher evaluation. In this entry, we d...

September 16, 2011

Are We Expecting Too Much of Teacher Evaluation Systems?

I pay a lot of attention to teacher evaluation in this country, and it seems that the issue grows in urgency every day. Yet I have to stop and ask: How much can we expect teacher evaluation to accomplish? There's no one I respect more as an authority on the teaching profession than Linda Darling-H...

August 10, 2011

Hawaii Pilots New Eval Systems while Bargaining Remains Stalled

Hawaii was one of ten winners in round two of Race to the Top, and with its $75 million grant came the mandate to develop a new teacher evaluation system that includes measures of student performance. Hawaii, like Washington DC, has a single school district, albeit for a much broader and more diver...

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