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Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In concept, evaluating teachers makes perfect sense. In what private company are employees not evaluated and held accountable for their contribution to their company's bottom line? In practice, evaluating teachers is not so easy.

Yes, Virginia, There Are Bad Teachers

Peter Greene | Posted 06.18.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

"So I guess you just deny that there are any bad teachers at all." This is a popular retort to various forms of "Your system for evaluating teachers is a lousy system." It is a dumb retort. It is dumb in the same way the following exchanges are dumb.

Signing Off from One More Teacher Preparation Ranking

Robert C. Pianta | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Robert C. Pianta

It has become increasingly clear that NCTQ ratings and rankings are but one more compliance activity, like accreditation, foisted on teacher preparation programs. The activity takes valuable faculty and staff time away from real work with real students.

Vergara Identified A Few Real Problems, But It's Completely Wrong About The Solutions

Ben Spielberg | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Ben Spielberg

Judge Treu's opinion unfortunately reflects a misunderstanding of education research and teacher employment law's effects. His decision also erodes labor protections without increasing the likelihood of an excellent education for students in low-income communities.

Six Low-Cost or Free Ways to Make American Education the Best in the World

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.12.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

It does not take a political genius to know that for the foreseeable future, American education is not going to be rescued by a grand influx...

Numbers Don't Lie, People Lie with the Numbers

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 06.05.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

About five years ago, I asked the head of my children's school how well standardized tests work. He responded with this question: How will you use the results?

The Common Core and the Unknown Knowns

Joan McRobbie | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Joan McRobbie

Akin to Obamacare, the Common Core has a rollout problem. This one is not technological. Instead it reflects an implementation planning gap.

Educator Evaluation with Teacher Teams is a Powerful Combination

Teach Plus | Posted 04.26.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Erin Dukeshire When my school—the Orchard Gardens K-8 in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston—piloted the new Educator Evaluation sys...

Tennessee Teachers Demand Change In Evaluation Process

AP | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Tennessee was competing for a half-billion dollars in federal education money, teachers agreed to allow the state to ra...

Joy Resmovits

The Next Leader Of The Nation's Largest School System

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

NEW YORK -- With just days before he begins his term as New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio (D) on Monday named longtime educator Carmen Fariña...

Never, EVER Say These 9 Things To Teachers

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.26.2013 | Business

It hasn’t been an easy go for teachers lately. In major cities like Chicago and Philadelphia, thousands of teachers were laid off this past summer. ...

Order in the Classroom

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Andreas Schleicher

Orderly classrooms are not ends in themselves; they seem to be the preconditions for learning. In 55 countries and economies that participated in PISA 2009, students in schools where the classroom climate is more conducive to learning tend to perform better.

Are Public Schools Headed for a Wall Street-style Crash?

Jason Stanford | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Just like AAA ratings on mortgage-backed securities led to Wall Street's 2008 disaster, a rash of accountability scandals might be precursors to a similar public school crash.

Major Decision On NYC Teacher Evaluations

| Posted 08.03.2013 | New York

By Janon Fisher NEW YORK CITY — The state education commissioner cut through the impasse between the teacher's union and the city Saturday and ha...

Ed Today: NYC Teachers' Free Pass? Charter School Lobbying Changes

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

NYC Teachers' Free Pass? The Wall Street Journal crunched eight years worth of data, and found that more than 10 percent of principals did not flunk one teacher on their evaluations. "The findings give ammunition to Department of Education officials who say the teacher-rating system should be changed," WSJ's Lisa Fleisher writes. "New York City is one of a handful of school districts statewide that hasn't adopted a new, more nuanced system of grading teachers. ... Under the current system, teachers are either rated unsatisfactory or satisfactory. Annually, less than 3% of teachers citywide are marked "unsatisfactory."

Ed Today: Washington Preps For First Charter School Commission; Texas School Funding Protest

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Chartering Hits Washington Last November, Washington state voted to allow the creation of its first ever charter schools. Now, reports the Associated Press, activists, teachers and parents are applying to be on the state's first charter commission, the body that decides which charter schools are approved and denied. "I've seen the power that specialized programs can have," said fifth grade teacher Ryan Grant. "I see a lot of potential around the state for innovative schools."

At Long Last, We Are Treating Doctors Like We Treat Teachers

Shaun Johnson | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Shaun Johnson

So much of this discussion on performance pay for physicians is similar and different than the one for educators. It looks like, according to the proposal, public hospitals specifically and their physicians are in greater trouble.

Ed Today

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.11.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

How Are Teachers Measured? As we reported yesterday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation finished its three-year, $50 million study on measuring teacher effectiveness. The researchers found that neither test scores nor observations alone will do the trick. Click here for WSJ's take, and here for another look in the Washington Post.

Teacher Evaluation Systems Not Fully Supported In Many States

Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

A recent report out of the Center for American Progress examines the state of teacher evaluation reform in six early adopter states, including Colorad...

Fairfax Teachers Say They Will 'Cheat' On New Evaluations

Posted 11.08.2012 | Education

Teachers in Fairfax County, Va. say they are so confused and overwhelmed by the new system of teacher evaluations that they will resort to cheating, t...

When Bad Students Happen to Good Teachers

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

There is a shared delusion driving education reform. The delusion is that everyone assumes better teaching means students learn more.

Running Schools Like a Business Is a Crazy Idea

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.14.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

We teach the kids of people we know, and those kids then work in the local businesses and, if you stay in the game long enough, you teach their kids down the road.

Chicago Teachers Say No to High-Stakes Testing Madness

Lisa Guisbond | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Lisa Guisbond

Sometimes classroom educators must use their "Teacher Voice" to restore sanity. That's what is happening in Chicago, where striking public school teachers are shouting "enough is enough" to test-driven school reform schemes.

Joy Resmovits

Arne Duncan On Team Romney: 'They See Education As An Expense'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.05.2012 | Education

When addressing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appealed to the crowd not in his of...

"No" on Teacher Evaluation Bill

Jamie Alter Lynton | Posted 08.31.2012 | Los Angeles
Jamie Alter Lynton

For too long as a state we have refused to appropriately link teacher and principal evaluations to student test scores, the very thing this sort of bill like AB 5 could be accomplishing. Even a third-grader could tell you it deserves an "F".