The National Education Policy Center re-ran the data used in the Los Angeles Times teacher-rating project, and, using a different value-added model, reached quite different conclusions.

Many items pile up each week that I just don't have time to delve into in as much depth as I'd like. But they're the things that made me sit up and take note and will inform future coverage. So, without further ado, here is some of what I've been reading this week. Check these items out and let us all know what you make of them. • Education Sector put out a report about measuring the effectiveness of teacher preparation. It argues that federal reporting requirements designed to get at this question have been undermined and that states are doing...

Schoolwide bonus pay for teachers in New York City doesn't seem to boost student achievement as a general rule—and it also seems to dilute individual incentives for boosting achievement growth. But in those schools with high levels of teacher collaboration, it might have some slight benefits, concludes a new study by two Columbia University economists.

Florida lawmakers reintroduced a bill that would make changes to teacher pay, this time including more safeguards and involving teachers in early negotiations.

Whether you love or hate the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's work in education, it has become an influential part of the education policy world, specifically in discussions about teacher quality. Some time ago, I interviewed Bill Gates while at the American Federation of Teachers conference, where he had come to address the union's delegates. We spoke about the foundation's $500 million Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching project and the $45 million Measures of Effective Teaching study. I apologize to all for taking so long to transcribe this for you, but a funny thing happened on my way to the keyboard, ...

Four states with above-average participation in professional development share common structures and strategies for teachers' on-the-job training, concludes a new report released by Learning Forward.

Here's what Teacher Beat is reading this weekend. Keep those tweets and comments a-coming! • Do education majors learn less than their peers in other bachelor's programs? That's one of the assertions in a new book that tries to gauge how much value college adds to student learning. (Hat tip to the Education Writers' Association's Linda Perlstein.) • The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education responds to the news that the National Council on Teacher Quality and U.S. News and World Report will be rating schools of education. It would like to see more emphasis on output-based measures, among ...

A report from TAP offers insights into how teacher evaluations can be implemented.

The mayor of the District of Columbia harbors concerns that the city's IMPACT teacher evaluation doesn't account for differences in the students and schools located across the city and therefore may not be fair to teachers, The Washington Post reports. This is a subtle but important story with potentially large implications for the teacher-evaluation discussion now being held across the nation. "It's not the same to teach in Horace Mann [Elementary in Northwest] as to teach in Stanton Elementary School [in Southeast]. That's a very different challenge," the paper quotes Mayor Vincent C. Gray as saying. "And frankly I'm not ...

A prominent scholar takes issue with the report the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently put out on its Measures of Effective Teaching study.


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