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Are States Changing Course on Teacher Evaluation?

Current trends indicate states are backing away from using student-growth measures—and standardized-test scores, in particular—to gauge teacher quality. (November 14, 2017)

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Teacher education programs are still feeling the ripples from accreditation standards that asked them to provide evidence for their graduates' success.
August 29, 2018 – Education Week
In the face of well-funded opposition to organized labor, teachers will not be silenced, writes NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
An evaluation of a multi-year effort by the Gates Foundation to improve teaching, which cost $575 million, found no evidence the program improved student outcomes or gave low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
Nearly 20 percent of teachers work second jobs during the school year, according to recent federal data. And some say that can put a strain on their instruction.
June 19, 2018 – Education Week
Far too many teachers enforce overly strict school rules at their students’ expense, writes Chicago teacher Gina Caneva.
June 6, 2018 – Teacher
For one school year, teacher Kyle Redford created a plan to love her students without strings attached. Here’s what she took away.
May 30, 2018 – Teacher
Race to the Top is over, but the initiative is still driving teacher-evaluation policies and priorities, write two professors.
May 16, 2018 – Education Week
Some states have said yes to pay increases for teachers. This doesn’t mean they are prioritizing education funding, writes Derek W. Black.
May 4, 2018 – Education Week
In a late-night announcement on Thursday, officials from the Arizona Education Association and organizers of the grassroots group Arizona Educators United announced a walkout would take place starting April 26.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week
The pressure to rein in costly retirement systems could put more states in the center of policy fights like the one that sparked teacher walkouts in Kentucky.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week

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