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July 23, 2010

Rhee to Dismiss Hundreds of Teachers for Poor Performance

D.C.'s school chancellor moves to lay off more than 300 teachers, mostly for poor performance.

July 10, 2010

Teacher Evaluation, School Closure Resolutions Pass

The American Federation of Teachers' delegates just passed two important resolutions, on teacher evaluation and school closures, so let's take each of them in turn. Resolution five, you may recall, codifies the AFT's evaluation framework and affirms that test scores, used appropriately and as one ...

July 09, 2010

UPDATED: AFT Chief Talks Teacher Evaluations

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten had a sit-down chat with reporters after her keynote address to the AFT convention Thursday, and there was some in-depth discussion about what's probably the top teacher-quality issue on the table today: evaluation. AFT officials have said ...

July 03, 2010

Van Roekel Calls For 'Commission on Effective Teaching'

Dennis Van Roekel's Keynote, take two! Near the end of his keynote address to the National Education Association Representative Assembly, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel called for the creation of a new commission—to be called the Commission on Effective Teaching—that would address "que...

June 15, 2010

Improvements, Challenges in Chicago's Teacher Evaluation System

Results from year one of a pilot teacher-evaluation system in Chicago show a much broader range of ratings under the new system than under the district's existing one, with at least 8 percent of pre-tenured teachers receiving at least one "unsatisfactory" rating, according to a new paper out from th...

May 19, 2010

Student Perceptions of Teacher Effectiveness

Over the past year or so, we've talked a lot about principal, administrator, and peer reviews of teachers here at Teacher Beat. But what about students themselves? Can they offer valuable insights into which teachers are the most effective? Quite a few school districts, New York City among them, p...

May 18, 2010

'One Test on One Day' for Teacher Evaluations

According to colleagues and sources who attended the Education Writers' Association recent conference, National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel took the opportunity during a panel discussion to reiterate that it's "absurd" for districts and states to think that it's possible to use...

May 13, 2010

UPDATED: The Magic Number in Teacher Evaluations

Colorado's tenure and evaluation-reform bill passed with most of the core details intact, making what are probably the most aggressive Race-to-the-Top-inspired teacher-quality policy changes to date. The law includes a requirement that teachers be deemed "effective" three years running to earn tenur...

March 15, 2010

Experts Urge Creation of 'America's Teacher Corps'

A high-powered panel of teacher-quality experts released a paper this morning proposing a new federal program called America's Teacher Corps that they claim would recognize the best teachers, reduce interstate barriers to teaching, increase access of students in high-poverty school to highly effecti...

March 11, 2010

Lessons on Teacher Evaluation From Charter Schools

The Center on American Progress released three papers yesterday on different aspects of teacher effectiveness. I'll be writing a bit about them over the course of this week (We Read So You Don't Have To!), but they're all worth checking out. First up is a fascinating look at charter school evaluati...

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