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Teacher Evaluations

We Can't Measure Teacher Performance by Student Test Scores

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 04.15.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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.

Our Accountability System Is Flunking Its Test

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 08.10.2014 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

We have built an entire so-called "accountability system" on test data derived from tests given on one day of the year. It's like applying for a mortgage loan and the bank only asking for a checkbook balance on a given day. If this sounds illogical, it is.

Let's Have an Honest Conversation About Accountability

Kati Haycock | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Kati Haycock

Let's be clear here. Our kids take the journey through school only once; the poorest among them, in particular, need us to get serious about their education while they are on that journey, not years later.

In Pursuit of Brown

Eric Lerum | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Eric Lerum

Lots of folks are reflecting on the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. I first realized the true reach of Brown 12 years ago, when I w...

The Perfect Storm: Common Core, Standardized State Testing, and Teacher Evaluations (Part 2)

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

As teachers, our purpose is not to teach to the standards anymore than the purpose of building a house is to adhere to the building codes. You build a house to live in. We teach students so they become productive members of society.

Is Pearson Education in Serious Financial Trouble?

Alan Singer | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
Alan Singer

Pearson has been making a big push to expand its education, digital services, and testing programs in the United States and in Third World countries, but the company may be way over-extended and unable to deliver on its promises.

Harnessing Compassion When It Comes to Teachers and Leadership

Scherto Gill | Posted 06.25.2014 | Education
Scherto Gill

Schools are the most stressful workplaces. In the UK, nearly 50 percent of teachers considered quitting last year.