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December 08, 2009

Detroit Leaders Sign Off on New Pact, But Will Teachers Follow?

Detroit schools' emergency financial manager Robert Bobb and teachers' union leader Keith Johnson have agreed to a tentative contract for the district that contains a lot of New Haven-like reforms. Given that, you'd be forgiven for wondering why the American Federation of Teachers isn't promoting th...

November 25, 2009

Ruling on D.C. Teacher Layoffs Raises Broader Issues

A Washington superior court judge has backed Chancellor Michelle Rhee in a dispute with the Washington Teachers' Union over layoffs. The union sought a preliminary injunction that would essentially have required Rhee to reinstate teachers who were laid off supposedly due to budget cuts while other l...

November 23, 2009

On Improving Teacher Evaluations

I'm a bit behind in writing up this report on teacher evaluation. But as this topic is likely to be on the national scene for a while, I expect you won't hold it against me. The report, from the Hope Street Group, was put together with input from teachers, not just policy folks, an important thing...

November 09, 2009

Wisconsin Teacher 'Firewall' Law Too Lax, Critics Say

Some critics think Wisconsin's effort to tear down a data "firewall" is too timid.

October 30, 2009

Duncan Calls for Multiple Measures in Evaluation

The U.S. Secretary of Education underscored at a forum that teacher evaluations should be based on "multiple measures" that would include student achievement alongside other factors, such as peer evaluations.

October 05, 2009

D.C. Unveils Complex Evaluation System

I've finally had a chance to take a look at Washington, D.C's new teacher-evaluation system, known as IMPACT, which generated a lot of buzz for being among the first in the nation to incorporate student test scores as part of the teacher rating. (Race to the Top, anyone?) To be fair, IMPACT is not ...

September 14, 2009

Ed. Dept. Official Says Teacher Evaluations Shouldn't Rest on Test Scores Alone

The language in the draft Race to the Top guidelines is fairly vague on this point.

August 20, 2009

On Student Achievement and Teacher Evaluations

We're evidently headed to a lot of wrangling on this topic, given the focus on student-teacher data in the Race to the Top proposed criteria. So, once again Teacher Beat provides you with a cheat sheet to help you make sense of it. First off, we must start by assuming, as the federal government do...

August 06, 2009

Peer-Assistance and -Review: The Toledo Numbers

There was a bit of a mini-controversy in June when the New Teacher Project released its Widget Effect report. But it wasn't the report's overall thrust that did it. Pretty much everyone agreed that our current systems for evaluating and offering assistance to struggling teachers are crummy. The c...

July 02, 2009

Duncan's NEA Speech Mirrors Stance Taken in Stimulus

While some saw the speech as "tough love" for the teachers' unions, the Obama administration clearly telegraphed its intentions to push hard on issues like performance pay, seniority, and tenure in the stimulus legislation, and that passed months ago.

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