Teacher Quality

The latest news about teacher quality, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

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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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Teacher Beat Blog

08/21 11:16 am | Accountability Report Urges Fewer Tests, More Peer Review | A report from the National Center on Education and the Economy says holding teachers accountable for the results on annual standardized tests is not in line with international ...

Teaching Now Blog

08/21 04:15 pm | District Bans Discussion of Ferguson Protests, Citing Opinionated Teachers | A superintendent in an Illinois district said that parents complained about teachers interjecting their own opinions into class discussions of the protests roiling nearby ...

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Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness
In this webinar, our guests discussed the impact of, and best strategies for, enhancing teacher effectiveness.

Special Collection

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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Although the debate over teacher-evaluation systems is dominated by the use of test scores, a new Brookings Institution analysis finds flaws with the observation component.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
As a number of states begin evaluating teachers' effectiveness based on changes in their students' test scores, academic research is raising more questions about such "value-added" models.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
The president may have a view of teaching that involves more than test results, but his administration's policies have arguably failed to focus much attention beyond that aspect.
May 6, 2014 - Teacher
Interviews with current and former Teach For America members reveal a decided preference for school leaders whose personality traits are akin to superheroes, write professors Tina Trujillo and Janelle Scott.
April 25, 2014 - Education Week
April 23, 2014 - Education Week
Twenty years after an article appeared in Teacher Magazine about the state of teacher education at one university, Ellis Hurd and Gary Weilbacher weigh in on where the program and teacher education stand today.
April 22, 2014 - Education Week
Researchers are examining whether language in teacher contracts could be contributing to the teacher-quality gap between schools with large and small concentrations of minority students.
April 15, 2014 - Education Week
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is set to vote next week on whether to pull the plug on a multimillion-dollar effort to develop an advanced national credential for principals.
April 3, 2014 - Education Week
William J. Sims suggests shifting 1 percent of the federal defense budget and applying it to teacher training and quality.
April 1, 2014 - Education Week

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