In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Bill and Melinda Gates expound on their foundation's efforts to identify and improve teacher effectiveness. In doing so, they offer a comparison to the practices they used in running a software giant: At Microsoft, we believed in giving our employees the best ...
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October 27, 2011
October 26, 2011
The National Council on Teacher Quality released a study today examining the "changing landscape" of teacher-evaluation policies--which have proliferated in the last two years--across the states.
October 05, 2011
Tennessee's newly implemented teacher-evaluation program is getting a less than enthusiastic reception from many educators, with some even abandoning the classroom because of it, according to a story in The Tennessean. The new evaluation program, developed in connection with the federal Race to th...
October 04, 2011
At a conference in Washington on Tuesday, sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, advocates for strengthening new-teacher supports gathered to shift the teacher effectiveness discourse, at least temporarily, from evaluation to induction.
July 29, 2011
The consensus at an education-policy forum on developing great teachers and leaders, held in Washington on July 27, was that teacher-centered efforts that support professional development and effective performance evaluations have the most impact on improving instruction. The briefing, hosted by two...
July 20, 2011
Student test scores from 100 District of Columbia public schools still under investigation for cheating in past years were used in value-added calculations that were incorporated into some teachers' evaluations this year, which could have created an falsely high start for the students.
July 18, 2011
Were student test scores from DC schools where the cheating investigations are ongoing used to evaluate teachers?
June 16, 2011
Public schools in Memphis, Tenn., will enter unchartered territory this fall when they start to use student feedback as part of the district's teacher evaluation rubric. The Commercial Appeal reports that the new model "incorporates stakeholder perceptions and tests of how well teachers actually kno...
June 07, 2011
This fall, Brevard Public Schools in Florida will join a handful of other districts nationwide that have adopted peer reviews as part of their teacher evaluation system. The change comes after Florida approved a bill this past spring that did away with tenure for new teachers, and requires 50 percen...
April 21, 2011
These days it seems like every politician and pundit has a strong opinion about how to improve the teaching profession. But, in a piece for Time, Andrew J. Rotherham points to some recent research to show that we're actually a long way off from easy or one-size-fits-all solutions: [T]he reality is...