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...
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December 08, 2009
November 25, 2009
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
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
Some critics think Wisconsin's effort to tear down a data "firewall" is too timid.
October 30, 2009
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
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
The language in the draft Race to the Top guidelines is fairly vague on this point.
August 20, 2009
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
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
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.