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Calif. Struggles to Assess Teacher-Training Programs

After students leave schools of education, and after years of reforms, Calif. institutions often have no way of ascertaining if their programs produced strong teachers. (May 17, 2013)

Spotlight on Teacher Evaluation

Assessing teacher performance is a complicated issue and this Spotlight examines ways to assess teaching and efforts to improve teacher evaluation.

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10/24 02:51 pm | Charter With High Teacher Salaries Improved Achievement, Study Finds | A charter school that pays teachers more and offers weekly professional development posted big gains after four years, despite a rocky start, according to new research.

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10/23 03:30 pm | District Phasing Out Swingsets, Citing Safety Concerns | A Washington state school district has removed swings from its playgrounds, hoping to improve safety during playtime.

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Quality Counts 2008

This report includes a number of new indicators that look at incentives to attract and keep people in the teaching profession, among other things.

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August 26, 2014 - Education Week
The school district, along with the local teachers' union, has worked to transform the traditional pay schedule into one emphasizing professional accomplishments over credentials and seniority.
August 25, 2014 - Education Week
The Education Department will let states with NCLB waivers seek a delay in tying student test scores to teacher evaluations until the 2015-16 school year.
August 22, 2014 - Education Week
The standardized teacher evaluation assumes an approach to learning that doesn't necessarily reflect what's happening in the classroom, writes Michael Q. McShane.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week
Renewal of the higher education law offers a rare change for bipartisan cooperation in Congress, even as the House and Senate are charting different courses.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week
States still relish flexibility from portions of the outdated law, but critics grumble about a thicket of federal conditions and second-guessing.
August 18, 2014 - Education Week
Even though states and districts are choking on data, Bernard Fryshman writes, there's still very little understanding of what constitutes great teaching.
August 11, 2014 - Teacher
Arthur Levine shares lessons learned in the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation's efforts to attract and prepare high-ability teacher-candidates for work in struggling schools.
August 1, 2014 - Education Week
Rather than stall progress, the NEA and the AFT should help schools transition from relics of the past to institutions of the future, writes Leslie C. Francis.
July 30, 2014 - Education Week

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