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July 15, 2011

Did D.C. Fire the Right Number of Teachers?

@eduleadership Bill Turque at the Washington Post reports today that the District of Columbia has fired more than 200 teachers as a result of negative evaluation ratings: Those fired amount to nearly 6 percent of the 4,100 teachers in the city school system. They were dismissed for poor scores ...

July 04, 2011

Good Research and Good Marketing: Marzano and the Evidence

@eduleadership I spoke with Michael Toth of Learning Sciences International last Monday, after he called EdWeek to discuss my recent post on Marzano's new "causal" evaluation system. LSI is partnering with Marzano to help states and districts implement the model, and Toth expressed some concern t...

June 24, 2011

Maryland Moves to Incorporate Student Performance into Teacher Evaluations

@eduleadership According to the Baltimore Sun, Maryland will implement new teacher evaluation systems in 8 jurisdictions. Like all states that made successful bids for Race to the Top funds, Maryland is requiring that student performance measures constitute 50% of teacher evaluations. As I've made ...

June 23, 2011

What Should Evaluation Systems Accomplish?

@eduleadership Since my last post about Robert Marzano's questionable new "causal" evaluation system, I've been thinking about the function of teacher evaluation systems. What should we expect them to accomplish? At the most basic level is quality control. If someone is harming kids, they shouldn'...

June 20, 2011

Marzano's "Causal" Evaluation System

@eduleadership A press release from Robert Marzano this week claims that his new teacher evaluation model "is a research-based system for 'causing' increases in student achievement through incremental improvements in teaching." That's quite a bold claim, considering that there is not actually any ...

June 20, 2011

ROI on Indirect Educational Investments

@eduleadership Now that states are actually having to carry out the promises they made to compete for RttT funding, we're seeing major spending on evaluation systems and other non-educational activities designed to contribute indirectly to better educational performance. The Bill & Melinda Gates F...

June 03, 2011

The State of Teacher Evaluation in the State of Florida

@eduleadership As I said in a recent post, the teacher evaluation landscape is changing rapidly, and nowhere does accountability pressure mean more than in the "reform"-friendly state of Florida. Michelle Rhee has concentrated efforts of her organization Students First in states like Florida that...

April 29, 2011

Rapid Change in Teacher Evaluation

@eduleadership As states start to roll out changes in teacher evaluation policy, the landscape for educators is changing rapidly. Race to the Top was remarkably effective in incentivizing states to restructure their teacher evaluation systems, and we're starting to see how these changes are being w...

January 29, 2011

Washington Bill Would End Seniority-Based Layoffs

@eduleadership Washington state Sen. Rodney Tom (D-Medina) has introduced a bill (full text PDF) to require school districts to conduct layoffs based on performance ratings over the previous two years. This would overturn the near-universal practice of laying off teachers with the least seniority i...

January 27, 2011

Cameras in Classrooms and the Myth of Video Evaluation

@eduleadership The Wyoming legislature has proposed a pilot project to video-record teachers without warning for their evaluations, with the teacher, the principal, a parent, and an instructional coach all watching the video and using it as the basis of the teacher's evaluation. Since teachers woul...

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