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ERIC Number: ED553136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
Teacher Effectiveness: An Update on Pennsylvania's Teacher Evaluation System. Issue Brief
Research For Action
Act 82 of 2012 established new standards for Pennsylvania's teacher evaluation system, including the incorporation of student performance measures in ratings decisions. Since 2009, approximately 35 states have amended teacher evaluation systems, with student achievement playing an increasingly prominent role. This count includes neighboring states--such as New Jersey, New York, and Ohio--which base between 40 and 50 percent of teacher effectiveness ratings on student achievement. Changes to teacher evaluation policy have been motivated in large part by U.S. Department of Education's priorities, including the issuance of waivers from certain "No Child Left Behind" requirements. States receiving a waiver, including Pennsylvania, are required to "develop and implement teacher and principal evaluation and support systems that include student achievement growth as a factor." The nonpartisan Center on Education Policy reported that ten states amended their plans for a new teacher evaluation system due to the waiver policy alone.v Likewise, the Race to the Top (RTTT) competition emphasized teacher and principal evaluation systems based on student achievement. This policy brief provides a closer look at Pennsylvania's new teacher evaluation system and the efforts of the Pittsburgh Public Schools--the state's second-largest district and an early adopter of revised evaluation standards--to implement reforms. It concludes with implications for state policymakers, district leaders, and education stakeholders.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research-practitioner Partnerships
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research for Action, Pennsylvania Clearinghouse for Education Research (PACER)
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania