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May 01, 2012

Identifying the Characteristics of Top Teachers

ASCD's EDge blog reports on the work of Teach For America's chief knowledge officer Steven Farr, who has spent a decade studying data and conducting observations in an effort to determine what distinguishes great teachers from their less effective peers. What he's found is that, in contrast to the H...

March 21, 2012

Apps for the Classroom

You know teacher evaluation is becoming a big deal when there's an app for it. And guess what, there is: The online PD service Teachscape this week announced the release of a new iPad app designed to make it easier for school leaders to collect and upload classroom-observation data. ... Meanwhile, ...

March 09, 2012

TFA's Kopp Denounces the Teacher 'Blame Game'

Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp caused some buzz (what else is new?) by writing an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal condemning the public release of teachers' value-added scores in New York City. She writes: So-called value-added rankings—which rank teachers according to the recorded grow...

March 09, 2012

Interpreting the Teacher Job Satisfaction Decline

Writing in The Huffington Post, Kevin Wilner, director of the National Education Policy Center, laments the MetLife Survey's finding that teacher job satisfaction has dropped precipitously over the past two years. He attributes the drop to a reckless media and policy environment that has assailed te...

March 07, 2012

When Value-Added Scores Don't Make Sense ...

In a July 2011 blog post, I pointed out that the D.C. public school system was using test scores from 100 schools still under investigation for cheating to calculate value-added scores that would eventually be incorporated into teacher evaluations. So some D.C. teachers were at risk of having studen...

March 05, 2012

An 'Unsatisfactory' Teacher Speaks Out

A Brooklyn special education teacher published an op-ed in The New York Times this weekend outing himself as a "bad" teacher, as defined by his district-mandated evaluation. The author, William Johnson, whose students have a wide variety of disabilities, recalls the observation that earned him the...

February 22, 2012

Questioning the 'Rigor' of Teacher Evaluations

Aaron Pallas, Professor of Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, makes the argument on his blog that, within current discourse about teacher evaluation, the word rigor "is getting distorted almost beyond recognition." In science, he writes, rigor is determined by a study...

February 15, 2012

Arts Educators Float an Alternative Evaluation Plan

Education officials in Tennessee seem to be making good on their promise to find alternate student-achievement measures to be incorporated into teacher evaluations for teachers in nontested subjects—though it's teachers who are doing much of the heavy lifting in getting the idea moving. The s...

February 10, 2012

Studies: Educators Lagging in Teaching Higher-Order Skills

Cross-Posted from Teacher Beat, by Education Week's Stephen Sawchuk Could teacher evaluations begin to offer us the best portrait yet of what instruction actually looks like in America's classrooms? And what changes might such information spur in teacher preparation and on-the-job training? Those ...

November 30, 2011

N.Y. Principals Turning Against New Evaluation System

More than 650 principals in New York have signed a letter protesting the new teacher-evaluation system the state is implementing as part of its Race to the Top agenda, according to an article in the New York Times. Points of contention include the allegedly haphazard way the system was put together,...

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