School & District Management William Sanders, Pioneer of the Value-Added Model for Evaluating Teachers, Dies
Sanders believed that teachers had the biggest impact on student learning, more so than family life, socioeconomic status, or ethnicity—a position that has been widely contended.
Teaching Profession Teachers Give Evaluation Systems Low Ratings, Survey Finds
A majority of teachers say evaluation systems based on student test scores have deteriorated their relationships with parents, students, administrators and other teachers, according to a new survey.
Student Achievement Opinion Your Guide to Effective Teaching. In TIME Magazine.
It's important for educators to read widely, about common issues--with a kind of radar for books and articles written for general audiences that contain important nuggets of wisdom, related to schools and learning. Why? Because general audiences aren't reading your favorite teacher blogs or books on the Common Core. Education takes place in the middle--between research-based expertise and unexamined habit.
School & District Management Opinion Releasing Virginia's Teacher Evaluation Data Would Be a Bad Idea
Yesterday, the Washington Post reported on the Virginia lawsuit about releasing individual teacher evaluation data. Let's revisit what I wrote in 2010 about the L.A. Times reporting that data.
Data Study Suggests Using Poverty as a Factor in Teacher Evaluation
Researchers suggest comparing "similarly circumstanced" schools in order to fairly evaluate teachers.
Teaching Profession Teacher Pay Starts Low, Grows Slowly, Is Generally Awful, Report Says
D.C. may be one of the best places for career teachers in search of high pay, a new report says, while South Dakota is unquestionably the worst.
Teaching Profession TNTP Presses for Performance-Pay Systems for Teachers
To bolster teacher quality, schools systems desperately need to institute variable pay structures that reward educators based on performance and challenging assignments, according to a report released this week by TNTP, a prominent nonprofit teacher-recruitment and policy organization.
Standards Opinion John Thompson: Time for a Truce in the Battle Over Education?
I believe we must fight competition-driven, test-driven reform with all our power, but we must also be willing to offer and/or accept an olive branch.
Law & Courts Opinion Vergara Decision Feeds Testing and Teacher Turnover
The Vergara decision feeds into our societal obsession with test scores, and propels us towards schools with even less stability, and higher turnover.
Ed-Tech Policy Opinion From Common Core, to Vergara, to VAM, Gates Foundation Fingerprints Everywhere
Someone in the mainstream media finally asked Bill Gates straight out what his role was regarding Common Core. What a concept!
Ed-Tech Policy Opinion John Thompson: Corporate Reformers' "Race to the Moon" Low on Fuel
It is up to the Gates Foundation to decide whether it defends its quest for a better bottle rocket to drive school reform, or to heed the research of independent scholars.
Teacher Preparation Opinion Teacher Education Leaders Speak Out: Tim Slekar: Educators Must Be Advocates For the Needs of Our Students
There might be individual institutions and faculty pushing back but there is a need to organize these institutions and faculty. And this will be the challenge--how to organize the teacher education profession.
Teacher Preparation Opinion Teacher Education Leader Francisco Rios: edTPA Leads Schools to Teach to the Test
The most frustrating aspect of these new faster, easier but not always cheaper approaches to teacher education is that they seem to be freed from many of the regulations that are now being required of traditional teacher education programs in colleges of education.