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Teacher Evaluations

Joy Resmovits

How Should New York Measure Teachers? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.16.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- As different states seek their own methods for evaluating a profession whose job security has long been determined by experience rather th...

Making Evaluations Work For Students And Teachers

Michelle Rhee | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Michelle Rhee

There is not a single school factor that has more of an effect on student learning than teacher quality. It's more important than shrinking class sizes or building state-of-the-art science labs.

New Jersey Gov. Outlines His Teacher Evaluation Plan

AP | BETH FOUHY and ANGELA DELLI SANTI | Posted 06.07.2011 | Education

NEW YORK — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday called for public school teachers to be evaluated based equally on their classroom perform...

Obama: Standardized Tests Often Punitive

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.28.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Monday that students should take fewer standardized tests and school performance should be measured in ...

The Teacher Who Gave Me Direction -- What Evaluations Can't Tell You

Audrey Watters | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education
Audrey Watters

"Teacher accountability" traditionally ties teacher assessment to student assessment. And that's where I balk. There are no standardized tests by which you can assess Mr. Callahan's impact on me.

Finding Common Ground On Teacher Evaluations

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Based on the views expressed in his opinion piece, I believe Joel Klein and the American Federation of Teachers may be able to find common ground on the issue of teacher evaluation.

Lessons From Finland: Teachers And Unions In The World's Best Education System

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Justin Snider

On March 16, I sat down with Finland's Minister of Education, Ms. Henna Virkkunen, for a discussion of the Finnish educational system -- and what less...

The New York Times Needs To Do Its Homework On Teacher Evaluations

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Justin Snider

An editorial in The New York Times, titled "Fairness in Firing Teachers," has me wondering whether the Times editors understand much about how teachers are evaluated.

In Wisconsin, Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

The first wrong is how teacher unions have come to operate. The second wrong, however, is to suggest that the answer will come from abolishing the right to collectively bargain altogether.

At Education Summit, DOE Pitches New Pay & Evaluation Systems To Unions

AP | KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

DENVER — Over skits and snacks Wednesday, hundreds of teachers from around the country got a soft sell from the U.S. Department of Education to beco...

The State Of The Union: No Time To Slow Down On Education Reform

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kati Haycock

We need the president to ask more -- not less -- of our students and our schools because, given the state of the union, we have neither a moment nor a child to waste.

Is Government Mandated Taping Of Teacher Performance A Solution For Evaluations?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

From the release of 12,000 teacher scores in New York, to California's educational overhaul that hopes to see payoff by 2025, schools are scrambling t...

Teachers Want Evaluations

Grace Snodgrass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Grace Snodgrass

One day soon, my name and performance evaluation could be printed in your morning newspaper. It will tell you that I'm a teacher who has clear strengths and weaknesses.

Value-Added Measures vs. the Love for Learning

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

Our children are being denied quality learning experiences and our teachers are forced to treat children as possible test scores. The future of teaching and learning in our public schools is in danger.

How to Be Taken Seriously as a Reformer (Don't Be an Educator)

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gregory Michie

If you really want to understand what's going on in them and the direction we need to be headed, don't ask Bill Gates or the Business Roundtable. Ask a teacher.

A Closer Look at Justice Kern's Ruling in NYC Value-Added Case

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Justin Snider

Whether a court would rule that the TDRs (with teachers' names attached) must be publicly released remains in doubt; it's a question that Justice Kern wasn't considering, as she says in her decision.

Teacher Data Reports: What Should We Be Measuring?

Elizabeth Hampton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elizabeth Hampton

I can already presuppose counterarguments to my criticism of this teacher rating system: If you're doing your job, is there anything to worry about?

It's Time to Debate Teacher Tenure

John Merrow | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education
John Merrow

What's the right course of action? Get rid of tenure while maintaining due process protections? Make it more difficult to achieve? Or perhaps have term contracts for five or ten years at a clip?

With Layoffs Looming, Should Teachers Be Let Go Based On Seniority?

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

SEATTLE — A study of Washington state teachers has found that deciding layoffs based solely on which teachers have the least seniority has a sig...

New York City Teachers, Don't Bank On Privacy

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Justin Snider

A ruling is expected in New York City as early as this week. But regardless, it's safe to say that the current teacher-evaluation system is broken -- and that value-added analysis is here to stay.

Making the Case for a New Direction on Teacher Evaluation

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

What is presently being pawned off as a reform of teacher evaluation has little grounding in education research and makes for bad policy.

Minnesota Principal Carol Markham-Cousins on Waiting for 'Superman'

Zorianna Kit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Zorianna Kit

In a previous post, I talked to LA elementary school principal Donald S. Wilson about the film and the current public education crisis. Now, Carol Markham-Cousins, principal at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, MN shares her views.

End of the Term Pile-Up

Ilana Garon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Ilana Garon

It is precisely this fear, of being cornered after failing too many students, that gets me into trouble when I'm trying to produce term grades -- particularly at the end of the first term.

Dear Davis Guggenheim, Sec. Arne Duncan, et. al

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Dennis Danziger

here's what I want from all the good people who lie awake at night haunted by the poverty that is our broken education system. I want transparency.

Joel Klein Pushes For Controversial NY Teacher Ratings To Be Released

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

The battle over teacher effectiveness data rages on in New York City, where the United Federation of Teachers is currently embroiled in a court battle...