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New school accountability measures must be careful not to reinforce student poverty

Michael Hansen, The Brown Center Chalkboard, January 4, 2016  The newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act offers reprieve to states that felt encumbered by No Child Left Behind’s onerous school accountability measures. Not only will the ambitious 100 percent proficiency standard no longer loom over the shoulders of state superintendents, but under the new law, states […]

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TDE/ATPPS Work Group Recommendations

TDE/ATPPS Work Group: Letter to the Legislature Teacher Development and Evaluation/Alternative Teacher Professional Pay System (TDE/ATPPS) Alignment Work Group’s recommendations to the Minnesota Legislature Purpose: “To better align Minnesota’s alternative teacher professional pay system under Minnesota Statutes, sections 122A.413 to 122A.416, and Minnesota’s teacher development and evaluation program under Minnesota Statutes, sections 122A.40, Subdivision 8, and […]

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The blogroll edition: Smart thinkers on college readiness, teacher quality

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, January 8, 2014 – We’re blessed here in Minnesota with a large number of big-brained advocates of public education who write about the policy dilemmas of the day — but in sundry places that you, Dear Reader, may not be in the habit of visiting. And so today I offer you a quick […]

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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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Behind the Headlines of Teacher Quality Research

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, November 12, 2013 – “It works!” That’s what we all want to hear. In education reform, the stakes are high, the equity gaps are increasingly well-known, and the thirst for solutions is strong. We know the outcomes are a problem, and we want to fix it. This has driven research (and investments) into a […]

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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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Encouraging news for Minnesota schools

Joe Nathan, ECM Publishers Inc, August 15, 2013 – Here’s happy news as Minnesotans prepare for a new school year. Both the Minnesota State Board of Teaching and Education Minnesota, the state’s teacher union, responded thoughtfully to the recent controversy about Teach for America. At a time when there is widespread rancor about how to […]

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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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