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ERIC Number: EJ930034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-27
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Building Systems for Evaluation of Teachers Poses Challenge
Sawchuk, Stephen
Education Week, v30 n29 p1, 18 Apr 2011
Rounding the corner on the design of new teacher-evaluation plans, states and districts are beginning to wrestle with the significant technical and logistical hurdles for transforming their blueprints into reality. In the coming months, more states--especially those that won grants through the $4 billion federal Race to the Top initiative--are expected to put out requests for proposals for such details as overhauls to the data systems that store student and teacher information; the provision of "value added" analyses of teacher performance; and the reporting and professional development that help teachers and principals use the information from the systems. In sum, states and districts must construct integrated systems for teacher-performance management--no small challenge in a field in which few good examples exist. The situation is complicated by the fact that the marketplace of contractors, vendors, and providers that states must rely on to fulfill their plans is still evolving. To give just one example, many of the technical experts on such elements as the statistical modeling of value-added teacher estimates don't work for traditional education publishers or test companies, but for organizations now primarily known for research or program evaluation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Race to the Top