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Teacher Evaluations

Why Recommended Ways to Evaluate Teachers are So Often Wrong

Ben Spielberg | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Ben Spielberg

I've had many conversations with proponents of making VAM a defined percentage of teacher evaluations, and not a single one has been able to explain why their approach to VAM is better than an alternative approach that focuses on aspects of teaching practice.

Republican Education Policy is Idiotic

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
Dale Hansen

Titan of industry, Henry Ford, once said, "The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." For an example of a group that has proven to ironically learn nothing from its past mistakes, one need look no further than the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Open Letter to NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 07.31.2015 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

Of course no one wants bad teachers in front of children. The current system, though, seems to focus on student test scores rather than teacher quality. It seems to minimize teacher voice in favor of some idealized classroom that may or may not exist.

Group Created By Silicon Valley Millionaire Targets Teacher Evaluations In California

ed | John Fensterwald | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. Students Matter, which is challenging tenure and other teacher prot...

What It Means to Be a 'Proficient' Teacher?

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 05.29.2015 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

Imagine if instead of introducing ourselves by the number of years we have taught, we introduced ourselves as the number of students we have helped educate and prepare for life? How would the discourse surrounding public education change if we focused on these outcomes as opposed to simply a matter of attrition or number of years in the classroom?

New York Parents to Call for Time Out on Gov. Cuomo's Education Reforms

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.28.2015 | New York
Liam Robb O'Hagan

On Friday, the PTA Council in the Mamaroneck Unified School District, in suburban Westchester County, New York, is asking parents at the District's four elementary schools to stage a sit-in after morning drop off.

We Can't Measure Teacher Performance by Student Test Scores

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Ronald A. Lindsay

Conditioning a teacher's employment or pay on their students' performance on tests ignores a critical fact: Students' educational attainment depends on many factors entirely outside an individual teacher's control, not the least of which is the student's home environment.

Education Reformers Are So Gullible

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.14.2015 | Education
Dale Hansen

The thing voters need to ask themselves is: Who do they believe has the best interests of their child in mind more -- the person who interacts with them every day and is part of their local community, or the corporate CEO 500 miles away who answers to an unelected board and investors?

Despite the Rhetoric, Teachers and Students Are Succeeding

Eric Cooper | Posted 06.02.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Teachers are demonized as "failures" in the classroom. Fortunately for all of us, more and more are banding together as agents for justice by believing in the inherent capacity of all students, and seeking strategies and instructional pathways to improve student performance through professional development and collaborative learning.

California Suspends Other Standards For Common Core, For Now

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- One set of California school standards has temporarily fallen victim to another. California's school accountability system and ...

A Helpful Nudge on Teacher Evaluation

TNTP | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
TNTP

I'm confident we're closer to solving this problem today because the federal government decided to give states a nudge. The most likely alternative to federal intervention on teacher evaluations isn't that states would've figured things out on their own. It's that they wouldn't have even bothered to try.

Stupidity and Value-Added Models

Gregory Michie | Posted 04.04.2015 | Education
Gregory Michie

There's no convincing research to show that value-added models have done anything to help teachers improve or kids learn, and growing evidence shows them to be wildly inaccurate and erratic.

What's Good for Cuomo Is Bad for Students

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

I'm blessed and privileged to be a teacher. The longer I do it, the more I appreciate it. But Andrew Cuomo has not the remotest notion of why that is.

Improving Teacher Evaluation in 2015

TNTP | Posted 03.24.2015 | Education
TNTP

Although the design of new evaluation systems provides the framework for success - and represents a big first step - districts still have work to do to successfully differentiate teacher performance and provide teachers the meaningful feedback that should be the goal of any evaluation system worth its salt.

The Great Chain of Educational Effectiveness

Peter Greene | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

The very first chain is the testing link -- a standardized test covering narrow slices of two subject areas is forged as a measure of the full education of a child. The second link is from that test to the teacher. Link number three is on the way. That link will stretch from the classroom teacher back to the college department that trained her to be a teacher.

Joy Resmovits

Teacher Training Is A Ridiculously Easy Way To Ace College, Report Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

Majoring in education is an easy route to high college grades and graduation, says a new report that calls for higher standards in teacher preparation...

Time and Punishment: Why Teacher Voices Matter

Yohuru Williams | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

The publication of Time magazine's cover attacking teacher tenure also marked the one-year anniversary of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's infamous attack on New Jersey middle school teacher Melissa Tomlinson.

Where All the Teachers Are Above Aveage

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Marc F. Bernstein

Unless we rethink administrative and teacher tenure, it will be difficult to accurately measure teacher or school accountability. Here are some suggestions for a better way forward.

Highly Rated Teachers, Low Performing Students

George Rand | Posted 11.29.2014 | New York
George Rand

Critics viewed with disbelief the recent data from the state Education Department that showed that fewer than four-tenths of one percent of Long Island teachers are rated "ineffective."

Putting the Oxygen Back into Improving Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.24.2014 | Education
Patricia McGuire

In the time remaining for his administration, Secretary Duncan can still make his place in history by rebalancing the educational reform initiatives in favor of providing more constructive supports for teachers.

Joy Resmovits

Is The Obama Administration Backing Away From Standardized Testing?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

For years, the Obama administration has made tougher teacher evaluations a centerpiece of its education agenda, giving states incentives to grade educ...

Why We're Still Talking About Campbell Brown

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 10.14.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

As Albert Camus wrote, "Good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding." Whatever Ms. Brown's intentions are, they lack an understanding of both the current landscape of teaching in high-needs schools and of educational research. It's time to get some facts straight.

Teachers Occupy the US Department of Education in Washington, DC

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 09.28.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Teaching is an issue near and dear to my heart. It was my dream when I was younger -- I would line-up my stuffed animals, and my little sister, and teach to them for hours. Even at the age of seven, I understood what it meant to engage my students.

The TNTP Core Rubric in Action

TNTP | Posted 08.26.2014 | Education
TNTP

By David Malbin This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Back in February, we introduced the TNTP Core Teaching Rubric, a radically ...

About Those Vergara Naysayers...

Eric Lerum | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Eric Lerum

The most interesting thing about Vergara v. California may not be the decision itself, but the reactions to it.