Tag Archives | teacher evaluation

Learning First Alliance Supports Additional Time to Get Common Core Implementation Right

Anne O’Brien, Learning First Alliance, August 21, 2014 Today, in response to the U.S. Department of Education announcement that states may delay tying teacher evaluation to standardized assessments, the Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of leading education organizations representing more than 10 million parents, educators and policymakers, released the following statement: “The Learning First Alliance supports […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

New evaluations put Minnesota teachers to the test

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, December 23, 2013 – Principal Cindy Hansen’s fingers fly across her laptop as she types notes in a corner of Scott Morgan’s classroom, watching as the special education teacher works with a kindergartner on her social skills. This is more than a principal pop-in. Hansen and Morgan are part of a […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Minnesota’s teacher evaluation system begins first test run

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, September 21, 2013 – Minnesota’s students won’t be the only ones earning grades this school year. A handful of teachers begin earning marks of their own under a new evaluation system being piloted in 17 school districts this school year. It’s a system that is both anticipated and controversial. It’s also expected […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Q-Comp 2.0: a creative proposal to drive teacher quality

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, September 12, 2013 – If you think about the ongoing contract talks between Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and its teachers union, there’s a good chance you think of logjams and acrimony. Or of the contract’s inexplicable capacity for getting longer and longer without making anyone truly happy. If you think about Q-Comp at […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

With Teacher Evaluations, Let’s Slow Down to Speed Up

Sam Chaltain, Education Week, August 13, 2013 – As families across the country get ready for the rhythms of a new school year – drop-offs and pick-ups, early morning alarms, homework – teachers in those communities are getting ready for something else: new evaluation systems with high stakes and different definitions of what constitutes a job […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Teacher evaluation: Finding “fabulous teachers” in Minnesota

Sarah Lahm, Twin Cities Daily Planet, August 1, 2013 – For Dave Heistad, evaluating teacher performance is an important way to recognize what he calls the “fabulous teachers” working in Minnesota. In fact, Heistad believes that the strongest teacher evaluation systems are “instructional, not punitive,” and should be used to recognize and reward excellent teachers. Heistad […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

School districts could get new state funding for teacher evaluation

Sarah Lemagie, Session Daily, April 3, 2013 – School districts could get state funding to help them comply with new statewide requirements for teacher evaluation. It’s unclear, though, how much money they need – and how much lawmakers are willing to give them. The House Education Finance Committee heard testimony Wednesday morning on a bill that […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

The Test? Find More Straight-A Teachers

D. D. Guttenplan, The New York Times, April 1, 2013 – AMSTERDAM — “We know a good teacher when we see one,” said Jaak Aaviksoo, the minister for education in Estonia. Yet beyond that apparently simple recognition lurked a host of other questions: What makes a great teacher great? Can it be labeled or measured? And […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

St. Paul finds way to retain talented, less-experienced teachers during layoffs

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, March 4, 2013 – Of all the controversies that have polarized teachers, their unions and education reformers in recent years, none has been so thorny as debate over the role seniority should play in teacher layoffs. On the one side, reformers argue that as budgets shrink the status quo has forced school leaders to keep […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Gates Foundation study: We’ve figured out what makes a good teacher

Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post, January 8, 2013 – Even as most of the nation’s 15,000 public school districts roll out new systems to evaluate teachers, many are still struggling with a central question: What’s the best way to identify an effective educator? After a three-year, $45 million research project, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }