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ERIC Number: ED521072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 42
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Achievement First: Developing a Teacher Performance Management System That Recognizes Excellence
Curtis, Rachel
Aspen Institute
Teachers are the single most important school-related factor in students' learning, and improving student learning is the single most important goal at Achievement First (AF), a fast-growing public charter school network in the Northeast. To achieve this goal, the AF team has worked to establish a common understanding of effective instructional practices across the network, which they believe is vital to ensuring consistent teaching quality and student results across all network schools. These Essentials anchor AF's emerging performance management system, guiding teacher support, accountability, compensation, and advancement. This profile tells the story of AF's development of teaching standards, how it organized teacher support and accountability to accompany them, and how it used that early work to develop a comprehensive teacher performance management system. The four critical lessons learned from AF's work that are explored in detail in this profile are: (1) Create standards for effective instruction as the foundation of a performance management system and develop them in a way that taps the system's internal capacity, builds teacher and administrator engagement, and draws from the growing body of research in this area; (2) Ensure that teacher evaluation, professional development, and support are all aligned to standards for effective instruction; (3) Communicate clearly from the start that instructional standards are one element of assessing teacher effectiveness and are a means to the end of student achievement; and (4) Anticipate and use learning from early efforts in developing a performance management system and refining the system based on the learning (think software 1.0 and 2.0). Appended are: (1) The Cycle of Highly Effective Teaching; (2) The Essentials of Effective Instruction; (3) Achievement First Professional Growth Plan; (4) Teaching Excellence Framework; and (5) Achievement First Teacher Career Pathway.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aspen Institute