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Teacher Evaluations

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Teaching Profession Teachers in High-Poverty Schools Penalized Unfairly on Observations, Study Says
The study found that Black teachers were disproportionately given lower classroom observation scores due to factors beyond their control.
Madeline Will, December 14, 2020
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School & District Management Yes, Teachers Are Still Being Evaluated. Many Say It's Unfair
Teachers are navigating new technologies, adjusting to different ways of teaching, and trying to reach students who lack internet access and stability at home.
Madeline Will, October 15, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Opinion How to Evaluate Teachers During Remote Learning, and Other Advice for Principals
This principal advice columnist answers your questions about remote teacher evaluation, staying accountable on racial equity, and what she wishes she’d known as a first-year principal.
Tamara McWilliams, August 5, 2020
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States Should Teachers Be Evaluated During Coronavirus School Shutdowns?
At least 20 states have issued guidance or waived requirements for teacher evaluations this school year due to the challenges of remote learning.
Madeline Will, April 20, 2020
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School & District Management A Decade of High-Stakes Teacher Evaluation: Studies Find Positive Results in D.C.
"In many respects, teacher-evaluation practices in [the D.C. school district] seem to be working to the advantage of students," one researcher said.
Madeline Will, December 11, 2019
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Teacher Denitra Henry, right, assists 2nd grade student Jayden Bowie, with his computer during her math class at Turner Elementary School in Washington, in 2017.
Teacher Denitra Henry, right, assists 2nd grade student Jayden Bowie, with his computer during her math class at Turner Elementary School in Washington, in 2017.
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Teaching Profession Teaching in 2020 vs. 2010: A Look Back at the Decade
As the 2010s draw to a close, teachers are left reeling from massive shifts in policy and practice that have affected their everyday work.
Madeline Will, December 10, 2019
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Chicago Teachers Union members and supporters march last week.
Chicago Teachers Union members and supporters march last week.
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Teaching Profession Opinion Teacher Pay Raises Aren't Enough
Yes, teachers are seriously underpaid, but teacher retention won't be solved by competitive raises alone, argues Eric Hanushek.
Eric A. Hanushek, November 4, 2019
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Professional Development 8 Ways to Make Teacher Evaluations Meaningful and Low-Stress
Here are eight concrete ideas from principals and other experts that school leaders can use to make their evaluations and observations of teachers meaningful, actionable, and low-stress.
Denisa R. Superville, October 15, 2019
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Teaching Profession Most States Have Walked Back Tough Teacher-Evaluation Policies, Report Finds
Since 2015, 30 states have walked back one or more of their teacher-evaluation reforms, according to a new report by the National Council on Teacher Quality.
Madeline Will, October 8, 2019
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Federal Your Guide to Education in the Democratic Debate: Charter Schools, Teacher Pay, and Betsy DeVos
On the campaign trail, Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination have tackled issues like lunch shaming, school funding, and gun violence. What issues are most likely to surface in the first debate?
Evie Blad, June 23, 2019
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Teaching Profession No, Mentoring a Student-Teacher Won't Hurt Your Evaluation Score, Study Suggests
Mentoring a student-teacher won't hurt a teacher's district evaluation score—in fact, it might even give it a boost, according to a working study.
Héctor Alejandro Arzate, June 10, 2019
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Teaching Profession Teachers of Color Get Lower Evaluation Scores Than Their White Peers, Study Finds
The study also found that male teachers receive low ratings more often than female teachers.
Madeline Will, May 22, 2019
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Teaching Profession Ex-Obama Adviser Who Championed Teacher Evaluations to Seek Senate Seat
Can a Democrat with a record of tying test scores to teacher evaluations win a U.S. Senate seat in Colorado? Mike Johnston, a former Obama campaign adviser, wants to find out.
Andrew Ujifusa, January 31, 2019
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Teaching Profession New York Takes Final Step to Separate State Test Scores From Teacher Evaluations
The New York state legislature passed a bill that would make the use of state test scores in these evaluations optional, leaving the decision up to districts and making it subject to collective bargaining.
Sarah Schwartz, January 24, 2019
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