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Never Diet Without a Bathroom Scale and Mirror: The Case for Combining Teacher Evaluation and the Common Core

Thomas J. Kane, Brookings Brown Center on Education Policy, The Brown Center Chalkboard, September 11, 2014 Given the nature of the job, school superintendents are master jugglers.  Even so, implementing new teacher evaluation systems has been a massive challenge for many of them, because of the demands such a system places on principals, the strain it […]

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How Good Intentions Turn Into Bad Ed Policy

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, February 10, 2014 – Tennessee, one of the leading states for the testing-and-competition model of education reform, is conceding that at least one of its policies went too far. At the same time, outside groups including Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst are pouring thousands of dollars into state elections to create a voucher system. It’s a cautionary tale […]

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Obama’s Homework Assignment

Thomas Friedman, New York Times, January 18, 2014 – President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address on Jan. 28, but, for my money, his secretary of education, Arne Duncan, already gave it. Just not enough people heard it. So instead of Obama fishing around for contrived ideas to put in his speech — […]

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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 […]

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Teacher Quality Conversations, Started by Teachers, Sustained by Communities

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, December 5, 2013 – It may seem like a no-brainer, but teachers are often left out of conversations about the quality of their work. For as much attention as policies like linking teacher evaluations or pay to test scores get, there’s not nearly the same focus on what can be done to help […]

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Jury still out on Minnesota’s Q Comp program

Star Tribune Editorial, November 29, 2013 – The ongoing debate about the value of Minnesota’s Q Comp program for teachers comes down to a key question: Has the nearly decade-long effort to change the way educators are paid improved student learning? Authors of the most recent study of the program say it has. They found a small but significant increase […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Incentives for teachers after Atlanta test scandal?

Lynn Stout, Star Tribune Commentary, April 15, 2013 – Recently, 35 public schoolteachers and administrators indicted on allegations of cheating to raise test scores in an Atlanta school district began turning themselves in to authorities. They may be the tip of the iceberg. A state investigation implicates 178 educators in the scandal. Were these teachers and […]

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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 […]

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