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Selingo, Jeffrey – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2020
Lorain County Community College (LCCC) was designed for access, however, not necessarily completion. The college was unprepared for students who wanted to earn a degree but then often didn't make it to graduation. In 2011, LCCC retained fewer than six in ten students. Its three-year graduation rate was 8 percent. For African American students, it…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Criticism, Graduation Rate, School Holding Power
Archer, Jeff; Cantrell, Steve; Holtzman, Steven L.; Joe, Jilliam N.; Tocci, Cynthia M.; Wood, Jess – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2016
In this book the authors explain how to build, and over time improve, the elements of an observation system that equips all observers to identify and develop effective teaching. It is based on the collective knowledge of key partners in the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project--which carried out one of the largest-ever studies of classroom…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Teacher Effectiveness, Observation, Teacher Evaluation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2015
As part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's broader efforts to improve educational opportunities for all students, the "Teachers Know Best" research project seeks to encourage innovation in K-12 education by helping product developers and those who procure resources for teachers better understand teachers' views. The original…
Descriptors: Data, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Students
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2015
As part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's efforts to improve educational outcomes for all students, and particularly low-income students and students of color, the foundation seeks to encourage innovation in K-12 education by supporting educators to personalize learning for students. This report renews the understanding about how…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2015
Through extensive research, the Foundation has identified the most critical levers for success in the classroom -- high standards, high-quality feedback, and effective tools -- and worked with teachers to develop, test, and strengthen them. This report describes what we know about these factors, why they are important, and what we need to learn,…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Feedback (Response)
Wood, Jess; Joe, Jilliam N.; Cantrell, Steve; Tocci, Cynthia M.; Holtzman, Steven L.; Archer, Jeff – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2014
States and districts can use this tool to create their own plans for continual improvement of an observation system, no matter where they are in their implementation. Included are action steps to improve observation rubrics, observer training, observer assessment, and monitoring. A planning process is described to assess current status, determine…
Descriptors: Observation, Classroom Observation Techniques, Trust (Psychology), Training
Dweck, Carol S.; Walton, Gregory M.; Cohen, Geoffrey L. – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2014
In a nationwide survey of high school dropouts conducted in 2006, 69 percent said that school had not motivated or inspired them to work hard. The majority of educational reforms have focused on curriculum and pedagogy--what material is taught and how it is taught. However, psychological factors--often called motivational or non-cognitive…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Beliefs, Student Motivation, Academic Persistence
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2014
To gain insights into the roadblocks to implementing effective professional development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation contracted with the Boston Consulting Group in 2014 to reach more than 1,300 teachers, professional development leaders in district and state education agencies, principals, professional development providers, and…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development, Teacher Surveys, National Surveys
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2014
This interim report from the RAND Corporation is the first in what will be a series of research reports based on an ongoing long-term study of foundation-funded schools that are using a variety of approaches to personalized learning. Although the early results are encouraging, the study does not attempt to make claims about which aspects of these…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Charter Schools, Public Schools, Achievement Tests
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2014
This is the companion report to "Early Progress: Interim Research on Personalized Learning" which documents the teacher survey results for the 2013-14 school year. Researchers obtained and analyzed both qualitative and quantitative data from each school to create a broad picture of the schools' efforts to implement personalized learning…
Descriptors: Teacher Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Individualized Instruction, Charter Schools
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2013
Teachers want to succeed, but they typically lack the conditions for success. Teachers generally work in isolation. They're on their own to adjust practice to better serve students. What guidance they get often is plagued by vague teaching standards, overly numerous and often trivial learning objectives, and testing systems that measure only some…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Feedback (Response), Teacher Evaluation, Measures (Individuals)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2013
States and districts have launched unprecedented efforts in recent years to build new feedback and evaluation systems that support teacher growth and development. These systems depend on trustworthy information about teaching effectiveness--information that recognizes the complexity of teaching and is trusted by both teachers and administrators.…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Reliability
Kane, Thomas J.; McCaffrey, Daniel F.; Miller, Trey; Staiger, Douglas O. – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2013
To develop, reward, and retain great teachers, school systems first must know how to identify them. The authors designed the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project to test replicable methods for identifying effective teachers. In past reports, the authors described three approaches to measuring different aspects of teaching: student surveys,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, Program Effectiveness, Achievement Gains
Ho, Andrew D.; Kane, Thomas J. – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2013
For many teachers, the classroom observation has been the only opportunity to receive direct feedback from another school professional. As such, it is an indispensable part of every teacher evaluation system. Yet it also requires a major time commitment from teachers, principals, and peer observers. To justify the investment of time and resources,…
Descriptors: Observation, Teacher Evaluation, Accuracy, Reliability
Joe, Jilliam N.; Tocci, Cynthia M.; Holtzman, Steven L.; Williams, Jean C. – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2013
The purpose of this paper is to provide states and school districts with processes they can use to help ensure high-quality data collection during teacher observations. Educational Testing Service's (ETS's) goal in writing it is to share the knowledge and expertise they gained: (1) from designing and implementing scoring processes for the Measures…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Teacher Evaluation, Evaluators, Training
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