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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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A diffuse—and mostly unregulated—set of providers has sprung up to meet teachers’ varying needs for renewal credits.
December 6, 2017 – Teacher
After some contentious debates over its tough teacher-evaluation system, New Mexico is reaching out with new initiatives aimed at incorporating teachers’ input on education decisions made at the state level.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
A higher percentage of teachers come up short in New Mexico than in many other states—but that could change.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
An expanding Tennessee professional development program matches teachers based on their complementary strengths and weaknesses.
October 25, 2017 – Education Week
Jill Vialet developed an innovative nonprofit aimed at transforming the way schoolchildren across the country experience recess. Now she’s begun a new organization to help schools be more strategic about hiring, training, and deploying substitute teachers.
October 25, 2017 – Education Week
The emergence of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation reflects an ongoing debate over how to tell if an education school is producing effective teachers.
October 25, 2017 – Education Week
Educators and experts debated strategies to attract the best and brightest into teaching while also creating a more demographically diverse teaching corps at a conference in Washington last month.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
It's hard to transfer a teaching license from state to state, but 11 states have made it a little easier.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
A new network is working to make minority-serving institutions a major player in efforts to diversify the profession.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week
A 50-nation study finds that U.S. teachers spend more time teaching than those in other countries. And they make 60 cents for every $1 paid to workers with similar education levels.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week

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