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Chicago Public Schools Consider New, Merit-Based Teacher Evaluations

Posted 11.14.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois State Board of Education held a series of public forum meetings last weekend to consider a new law that would ...

Does Publicly Naming Teachers Tied To Student Test Scores Undermine Reform?

Posted 01.14.2012 | Education

In a departure from recent efforts to publicly name teachers tied to the performance -- and projected performance -- of their students, a new report s...

New York's Rebellious School Principals

Kevin Welner | Posted 01.10.2012 | Education
Kevin Welner

Over the past decade, these principals had a front-row seat as they watched NCLB and related policies create perverse incentives to teach to the test and narrow curriculum, they are pushing back against ramping up those incentives.

Complex New Florida Teacher Evaluations Tied To Student Test Scores

| Laura Isensee and Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 01.07.2012 | Education

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. At Coral Reef Senior High, calculus teacher Orlando Sarduy understands complicated formu...

John Celock

Governors Group Steps Into Teacher Evaluation Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.04.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- The nation's governors on Thursday announced plans to work with three states and one territory on developing new teacher evaluation guid...

Let's Blame All the Teachers!

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.27.2011 | DC
Patricia McGuire

For teachers who choose to devote their life's work to some of the most difficult classrooms in America, such as here in D.C., the testing imperative becomes a monumental disincentive to stay in the classroom for any length of time.

Don't Let Congress Turn Back the Clock on Teacher Quality

John Affeldt | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education
John Affeldt

Let's hope Congress corrects the mistake it made last year and finally fulfills the promise to provide all students with qualified and effective teachers. Our future depends on it.

Joy Resmovits

Sen. Rand Paul: Slow Down Education Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.18.2011 | Education

Letters and amendments are flying on the eve of the first markup of a comprehensive rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law, providing a glimpse into ...

America for Teachers!

John H. Jackson | Posted 12.18.2011 | Education
John H. Jackson

Here's an important question: What sector of public employees recently received a 71 percent approval rating from its core constituents? If you said elected officials, well, you are wrong. Give up? The answer is teachers.

Pennsylvania Reform Plan Receives Mixed Response

Posted 12.12.2011 | Education

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett unveiled a four-part education reform proposal Tuesday morning that has since received mixed reactions. At a news con...

Brown Attacks Testing and Data as Measures of School Success

Louis Freedberg | Posted 12.10.2011 | San Francisco
Louis Freedberg

Setting himself apart from other governors, Gov. Jerry Brown has launched an extraordinary broadside against the current national obsession with testing that continues to dominate school reform efforts.

Why Students Should Evaluate Their Teachers

Jonathan Jeffrey | Posted 12.10.2011 | Education
Jonathan Jeffrey

These evaluations should be accessed solely by the teachers about whom they are written. As a result of this confidentiality, teachers can learn how to improve their instruction quality, without fearing retribution. The evaluations can be a tool for growth, not as a cause of stress.

The School Closing Follies

Marc Epstein | Posted 12.03.2011 | Education
Marc Epstein

We've now moved into an era in which politicians, philanthropists, and a school of education reformers now believes the only way to education salvation is to literally close schools and fire teachers.

Report Offers Comprehensive Guide To Developing And Sustaining Teacher Evaluation Systems

Posted 12.04.2011 | Education

In time for Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's presentation of the Obama administration's reforms to teacher preparation programs last week, a new r...

Good Evaluation Requires Data -- And Sound Judgment

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 12.01.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

It's obviously a good thing to consider all forms of evidence when providing performance feedback to employees. But teaching is not like golf, you can't reduce it to a single score for one contributor.

Joy Resmovits

Will Obama's NCLB Waiver Plan Really Diminish 'Teaching To The Test'?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | Education

Standing among governors, teachers, superintendents and students in the White House's East Room Friday morning, President Barack Obama asserted his ad...

Order To Rehire 75 D.C. Teachers Fired During Rhee Era Is Upheld

The Washington Post | Bill Turque | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education

The District's labor-management relations board has upheld an arbitrator's decision ordering the D.C. Public Schools to rehire 75 new teachers fired i...

Joy Resmovits

U.S. Education Secretary Duncan Talks To HuffPost Education

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education

With President Barack Obama poised to announce alternatives to states' compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act on Friday, the role of U.S. Educat...

Dennis Van Roekel: The NEA Plan For Teacher Accountability

| Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 11.20.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Nation’s The Learning Curve blog. Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, w...

Self-Grading And More: New Methods In Teacher Evaluation Gain Traction

Wausau Daily Herald | Keith Uhlig | Posted 11.19.2011 | Education

MOSINEE -- Last year, Mosinee Middle School social studies teacher Paul Nievinski chose a new evaluation process his school district offered for exper...

Merit Pay Loses Luster As Budgets Shrink

Education Week | Nora Fleming | Posted 11.16.2011 | Education

Two competing pressures--decreased finances and rising policy interest--have left the future of performance-based teacher compensation uncertain. A...

Even More D.C. Teachers Accepting Bonuses Amid Cheating Probe

Posted 11.13.2011 | Education

More highly rated teachers in D.C. Public Schools are accepting performance-based bonuses than in the past, American University Radio WAMU reports. ...

New Evaluation System Forces Out 34 Teachers

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 11.13.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. New Haven, CT -- New Haven's new method of grading teachers spurred low performers to imp...

D.C. Schools Revises Controversial Teacher Evaluation System

Posted 11.06.2011 | Education

Teachers in D.C. Public Schools who perform well will see some easing from a controversial evaluation process introduced by former DCPS Chancellor Mic...

Pilot Teacher Evaluation Program Equally Weighs Testing And Class

Posted 11.01.2011 | Education

New Jersey launches a pilot program today that will evaluate teachers at 10 schools by equally weighing a student's academic and classroom performance...