Teacher Quality

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Teacher Evaluation: An Issue Overview

This overview covers teacher evaluation and includes information on teacher evaluation models, controversies surrounding the issue, research on teacher quality, and reform trends. It also includes definitions for collective bargaining and value-added models. (September 3, 2015)

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Teacher Evaluation: An Issue Overview

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07/22 03:49 pm | Illinois Gov. Apologizes for Calling Chicago Teachers 'Illiterate' | Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said that half of Chicago teachers were "illiterate" in a 2011 email, recently released to a city newspaper.

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07/22 11:52 am | Some of America's Top Teachers Went to Finland. Here's What They Learned | Six state teachers of the year traveled to Finland to see how one of the world's top education systems treats its teachers.

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Pressure stemming from the testing opt-out movement has led to some heated debate in the Empire State involving standards and the use of student scores in teacher evaluations.
April 13, 2016 – Education Week
Modest gains by delegate groups associated with the U.S. Department of Education's Teach to Lead initiative show the difficulties in gaining policy traction around ideas to give teachers more influence in school systems.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
The Perkins Act was last reauthorized in 2006, said Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., and action is overdue.
March 16, 2016 – Education Week
The Boston school district's shift to an earlier hiring cycle has improved new-teacher quality, but it has created a larger pool of "excessed" educators, a new study concludes.
March 16, 2016 – Education Week
In St. Cloud, Minn., educators are grappling with language and cultural differences in the city's growing Somali community.
March 16, 2016 – Education Week
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
Stephanie Pinkin discusses what she learned from aligning her grading to standards instead of assignment—and why she thinks it’s a more holistic method.
February 22, 2016 – Teacher
Learn how Lincoln County, Tenn., created a new leadership role to make its teacher-evaluation system supportive and responsive teachers.
February 22, 2016 – Education Week
The push for greater accountability in teacher preparation risks undermining equity, write two Michigan State University professors.
February 17, 2016 – Education Week
Teachers' common practice of sharing examples of stellar work can turn off struggling learners, says a study of online students.
February 17, 2016 – Education Week

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