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November 01, 2017

Using Test Scores Tends to Lower Teacher-Evaluation Ratings, Study Shows

Decisions about what elements to include in a teacher evaluation system, such as value-added measures, and how much weight to give them can have significant impacts on who is deemed proficient, according to a new study.

October 27, 2017

New York City to Begin Putting 'Absent Reserve' Teachers Back in Classrooms. But Who Are They?

A third of teachers entered the pool after facing legal or disciplinary charges. And more than a third came in after their schools were closed or phased out.

October 26, 2017

Houston District Settles Lawsuit With Teachers' Union Over Value-Added Scores

The Houston school district has settled a federal lawsuit brought by the teacher's union over the school system's controversial teacher evaluation system, which involved a secret algorithm.

October 23, 2017

Gates Ends Investment in Teacher Evaluation: What That Means for the Field

Some states are already backing off of linking student test scores to teacher evaluations--but it's not because the Gates funding stream is ending.

October 13, 2017

N.Y. Teachers' Union Sues to Block Charters From Certifying Their Teachers

Charter schools in New York will soon be able to certify their own teachers--a measure the unions are hoping to fight in court.

October 06, 2017

Accreditation for Teacher Prep Needs a Makeover, Say Former Ed. Officials

The current system for accrediting schools of education isn't working, argue two former senior U.S. Department of Education officials. They think school districts and philanthropists can help.

September 28, 2017

How Can Teaching Be More Selective and More Diverse at the Same Time?

Educators discussed ways to increase both the diversity and selectivity of the teaching profession at a Center for American Progress event on Thursday.

September 25, 2017

More States Are Making It Easier to Transfer Your Teaching License

Since 2016, 11 states eased their regulations around teacher license reciprocity, according to a new analysis of regulations from all 50 states.

September 15, 2017

Fla. Teachers' Union Sues State, Ed. Dept., and Districts Over Teacher Bonus Program

The program awards teachers who are rated "highly effective" on their evaluations—as long as their SAT or ACT scores are in the 80th percentile or above.

September 07, 2017

Let Teachers Lead, and Other Ideas for Making Evaluations More Useful

A new brief offers strategies for improving how administrators provide feedback on teachers' performance, including letting teachers lead their own debriefing sessions.

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