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August 16, 2012

Bill Would Alter California Teacher Evaluation Landscape

A bill in California threatens to undo a state rule requiring pupil achievement to count in teacher evaluations.

July 18, 2012

Report: Tennessee Teacher-Observation Scores Inflated

Too often, the officials charged with evaluating Tennessee teachers on their practices have failed to properly identify and help low-performing teachers, concludes a report by the Tennessee department of education on the implementation of its statewide teacher evaluation system.

July 12, 2012

Next Up in Teacher Evaluations: Student Surveys

By guest blogger Liana Heitin This item originally appeared on Education Week Teacher's Teaching Now blog. The search for reliable methods of gauging teacher effectiveness—a dominant education policy issue over the last several years—has centered on classroom observation tools and value...

June 11, 2012

Court Rules L.A. Must Include Student Progress in Personnel Evaluations

The Los Angeles school districts must link personnel evaluations to student achievement, according to a tentative court ruling.

May 31, 2012

Detailed Review of 10 Teacher-Evaluation Systems Unveiled

An advocacy group releases a primer on 10 different teacher evaluation systems.

May 15, 2012

Calif. Lawsuit Challenges Teacher Tenure, Layoff, Due-Process Statutes

A handful of California parents have sued the state over five laws that allegedly concentrate poorly performing teachers in schools that primarily serve disadvantaged and minority students. Filed today in the California superior court, the lawsuit takes aim at California rules that: require tenure...

April 03, 2012

States Move to Close Off Teacher Evaluations

Two states have moved to shield teacher evaluations from broad public disclosure.

March 23, 2012

Arne Duncan: Newspapers Shouldn't Publish Teacher Ratings

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he opposes the publication of teachers' ratings in newspapers.

March 14, 2012

Training of Teacher-Evaluators Examined

Formal training of the principals and other observers conducting teacher evaluations is a complex, necessary, and often overlooked component of the systems, concludes a new paper.

February 23, 2012

Gates Weighs In as New York City Releases 'Value Added' Scores

New York state will release to news outlets tomorrow "value added" reports that purport to estimate a teacher's impact on his or her students' standardized test scores—an action certain to thrust discussion of these measures into the public eye once again, and one that also raises big questions about journalism ethics.

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