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January 20, 2011

D.C. Contemplates Different Teaching Standards

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 pote...

January 12, 2011

Rhee's Advocacy Group: Abolish Tenure, Give Districts Evaluation Prerogative

Michelle Rhee's Students First group unveils its policy proposals, which include abolishing tenure and giving districts sole control over teacher evaluations.

November 17, 2010

Another Scholarly Take on Teacher Value-Added

Several scholars release a report supporting the use of value-added test-score growth in teacher evaluations, asserting that such measures are on par with those in other fields.

October 20, 2010

UFT to Sue to Prevent N.Y.C. Teacher-Rating Release

The United Federation of Teachers plans to sue to prevent the New York City school district from releasing information on teachers' "value added" scores to reporters, the union said in a statement. The GothamSchools news service reported today on its website that the district would this week provi...

October 19, 2010

Reps. Polis, Davis Introduce Educator-Evaluation Bill

Reps. Polis and Davis have introduced a bill seeking to make Title I funding contingent on the establishment of new educator evaluation systems.

October 15, 2010

Baltimore Teachers Reject New Contract

Baltimore teachers said thanks, but no thanks, to a new contract that would have based their pay on student outcomes and professional development, instead of seniority and degrees.

October 07, 2010

Study Calls for Clearer Teacher Evaluation Protocols

Protocols for observing teachers in the classroom during an evaluation should be written in such a way as to leave little room for inference so ratings are clear and objective, the New Teacher Project asserts in a new report.

September 13, 2010

Could Value-Added Save Teachers' Jobs?

Might value-added measures that show teachers are helping students learn protect them from unwarranted dismissal?

August 31, 2010

Some Scholars Slam Value-Added for Teacher Accountability

Value-added gauges of teacher effectiveness are highly error-prone and shouldn't make up more than a minimal part of a teacher's evaluation, contends a report released this week authored by a high-powered list of academics. Problems with the gauge include the non-random assignment of students and ...

August 23, 2010

Who Should Have Access to Teacher Data?

Randi Weingarten says that only certain stakeholders should be able to review value-added teacher data.

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