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Teacher Effectiveness

On Teacher Evaluation

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.

Joy Resmovits

Obama Plans To Tackle Major Education Inequality

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration will announce plans on Monday to enforce a long-ignored federal mandate: a decade-old requirement that states give students o...

Bad Bills Hamper Teacher Effectiveness

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.05.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Educators are more than happy to take personal responsibility for their actions. What they aren't willing to do is take the fall for the failure of legislators and parents which is exactly what this legislation makes them do.

Time for a Seismic Shift in How We Prepare and Support Teachers

Ellen Moir | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Ellen Moir

No matter our views on education reform, there are some things we can all agree on. We need an education system that empowers our students and teachers to make this possible -- and we are not there yet.

Common Core Learning Standards: A Failing System?

Dorit Sasson | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Dorit Sasson

Teachers continue to feel resentment due to the fact that the CCSS was essentially thrown at them without consulting with them first being that they know what works and what doesn't in their classrooms.

The Unintentional (or Intentional) Downsourcing of Teaching

Tony Zini | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
Tony Zini

It is not difficult to see what is downstream from this strategy. This change will not only impact ineffective teachers, it will eventually lead to effective, qualified teachers being driven from the field. Why? The reason relates to how the financial forces in the free market operate.

Improving Our Children's Education Through Collaboration

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 06.16.2013 | Impact
Stacey D. Stewart

Every year, 1.2 million students drop out of high school. Of those who do graduate, one-third need remedial courses in college and far too few actually earn a degree. According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the American Federation of Teachers we can change this by working together.

Inexperienced Teachers In L.A. More Likely To Be Assigned To Students Behind In Math

Posted 11.19.2012 | Education

Inexperienced teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are more likely to be assigned to students who on average are six months behind thei...

Constant Teacher Training Keeps Poor Jewish School Performing

| Sarah Garland | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report and WNYC's SchoolBook. Tiferes Bnos is an all-girls school located on the first floor of an...

Empower Effective Teachers -- Get Out of Our Way!

Larry Strauss | Posted 06.04.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

We cannot begin to fix our education system until we get everyone in power to recognize the falseness of the military-corporate-education analogy, until we accept the absolute stupidity of executive-ruled schools.

Publishing Teacher Effectiveness Rankings Draws More Criticism

| Louis Freedberg | Posted 06.02.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of California's EdSource Extra. The release last month of "value-added" rankings of New York City teachers based on...

Killing Kindergarten

Amanda Moreno, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2012 | Education
Amanda Moreno, Ph.D.

All around this country, families are trying to figure out why their small children already dread going to a place that was supposed to serve as a gentle transition to formal learning.

The Rational Middle

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 05.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

Our national debate over evaluation lacks the courage and nuance of the real-life conversations I have with hardworking, rational teachers. Instead, the debate is dominated by polarizing sound bites that inspire fear, not rational discourse.

How New York City’s Value-Added Model Compares To What Other Districts, States Are Doing

| Sarah Butrymowicz and Sarah Garland | Posted 03.02.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. New York City schools erupted in controversy last week when the school district released i...

Teacher War Rages in NYC: Take an Olive Branch From Early Ed

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 04.30.2012 | New York
Susan Ochshorn

The NYC Department of Education recently lifted an embargo on the publication of Teacher Data Reports, leaving a significant slice of its educator corps to the wolves.

The "Teacher Effectiveness Gap" Was Just a Myth: 3 Implications

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 04.29.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

We have a lot of problems in K-12 education to address. Let's be grateful that we can take "closing the teacher effectiveness gap" off our to-do list.

New Teacher Evaluation Systems In Tennessee Have Rough Road Ahead

| Sarah Garland | Posted 04.08.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. It is the first in a series in a collaboration between The Hechinger Report and Memphis Comme...

Joy Resmovits

New GOP Education Bills Unlikely To Go Far

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.09.2012 | Education

Just in time for the law's 10th anniversary this past Sunday, House Republicans led by Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) have released draft legislation for r...

Should Teacher Effectiveness Measurements Adjust For Poverty?

| Sarah Garland | Posted 01.22.2012 | Education

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. In Washington, D.C., one of the first places in the country to use value-added teacher r...

Former Ed Sec Margaret Spellings: It's Not 'Us Versus Them" In Teacher Reform

Margaret Spellings | Posted 10.24.2011 | Education
Margaret Spellings

I'll say it again -- this can't be "us" versus "them." The most important "them" in education reform is the students, and it must be all of us for all of them.

Global Education Challenge Offers $250,000 For Ideas To Fix Schools

Posted 07.25.2011 | Education

Everyone has an opinion about what's wrong with the education system. Now, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is calling on you to provide the solutions. From...

The L.A. Times Stands Behind Incorrect Teacher Ratings

Kevin Welner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kevin Welner

The L.A. Times has not been simply reporting on teacher evaluations or ratings. It has been creating them and publicizing them.

Rhee-form or Reinvention?

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

Fix or replace? The answer is both. The U.S. is rapidly falling behind the rest of the industrial world. We need to work inside and outside the system. We need rapid reform and reinvention.

Teacher Pay: A Smarter Investment for the New Year

Elizabeth Hampton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elizabeth Hampton

I am appalled that such deplorable inequity can coexist in New York, a city that shares everything from its name to its school system.

How Much Is A Good Teacher Worth? Report Says $400,000 A Year

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

How much is a good teacher worth? Some would say they're priceless, but recent findings in the National Bureau of Economic Research's The Economic Val...