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Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
Student feedback, test-score growth calculations, and observations of practice appear to pick up different but complementary information that, combined, can provide a balanced and accurate picture of teacher performance, according to research recently released from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A composite measure on teacher effectiveness…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Outcome Measures, Evaluation Criteria
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
Data, while imprecise, suggest that some states are producing far more new teachers at the elementary level than will be able to find jobs in their respective states--even as districts struggle to find enough recruits in other certification fields. For some observers, the imbalances reflect a failure of teacher colleges--by far, the largest source…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Schools of Education, Productivity, Teacher Supply and Demand
Maxwell, Lesli A.; Klein, Alyson; Samuels, Christina A.; Casey, Diette Courrege; Shah, Nirvi; Sawchuk, Stephen; Molnar, Michele; Zubrzycki, Jaclyn; Adams, Caralee; Davis, Michelle R.; Sparks, Sarah D.; Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
In an environment of tight resources, tough academic challenges, and increasingly stiff competition from new education providers, smart leadership may matter more than ever for the success of America's school districts. Against this backdrop, "Education Week" introduces the first of what will be an annual "Leaders To Learn…
Descriptors: Superintendents, School Districts, Social Networks, Discipline
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
The National Education Association, on behalf of three affiliates of its Florida chapter and seven teachers, last week filed suit against the Florida education department. They contend that some teachers are being judged against students or subjects they don't teach, in violation of their constitutional rights. The groups seek a federal court…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Federal Courts, Evaluation Criteria, Teacher Evaluation
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
Every student at Wheeling High School takes a full academic courseload. Many of the graduates of this 2,000-student school in Wheeling, Illinois, however, also emerge with significant experience in a career field. Those interested in health careers, for example, can work with student-athletes in the school's athletic training facility, earn a…
Descriptors: Access to Education, High School Students, Transitional Programs, Developmental Studies Programs
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
For years, the St. Louis school district has experienced the convergence of two trend lines school superintendents hope never to see: rising employee-pension costs and falling student enrollment. Despite years of fully funding its share of the teacher-pension plan, the proportion of the St. Louis district's budget tied up in paying benefits for…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Trends, Retirement Benefits, Costs
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
Slowly but surely, a growing number of states are eyeing policies to select academically stronger individuals for their teaching programs as one avenue to improve the quality of new teachers. Underneath the attention such plans are attracting, though, run deep-seated fears about their potential consequences--particularly whether they will result…
Descriptors: Teacher Selection, Minority Group Teachers, Diversity (Faculty), Teacher Effectiveness
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
In Michigan, 98 percent of teachers were rated effective or better under new teacher-evaluation systems recently put in place. In Florida, 97 percent of teachers were deemed effective or better. Principals in Tennessee judged 98 percent of teachers to be "at expectations" or better last school year, while evaluators in Georgia gave good…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teacher Evaluation, Evaluators, Teaching (Occupation)
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
One thing is immediately apparent when Erica Vuolle teaches: Not a moment of time is wasted. Ms. Vuolle is among the 40 teachers-in-training at the Match Teacher Residency, a teacher education program run by the Boston-based Match Education, a nonprofit charter-management organization that requires candidates to practice and master a repertoire of…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Student Teaching, Educational Change, Teaching Methods
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
The average scores of graduating teacher-candidates on state-required licensing exams are uniformly higher, often significantly, than the passing scores states set for such exams, according to an "Education Week" analysis of preliminary data from a half-dozen states. The pattern appears across subjects, grade levels, and test instruments supplied…
Descriptors: Teacher Certification, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Difficulty Level, Teacher Competencies
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
An external panel that includes several prominent critics of teacher education has been tapped to craft the performance standards for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the new organization's leaders announced last week. Among the standards under consideration: how programs ensure that candidates know their content;…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Certification, Performance, Standards
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
A new generation of education advocacy groups has emerged to play a formidable political role in states and communities across the country. Those groups are shaping policy through aggressive lobbying and campaign activity--an evolution in advocacy that is primed to continue in the 2012 elections and beyond. Though the record of their electoral…
Descriptors: Advocacy, National Organizations, Politics of Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
As a new breed of national education advocacy organizations gains clout, they're entering into often-uneasy relationships with teachers' unions--and running into a debate about whether they can play a grassroots "ground game" comparable to that of labor. For many unions, the policy changes the newer groups typically support--staffing based on…
Descriptors: Unions, Advocacy, National Organizations, Politics of Education
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
Faced with arguably the biggest crisis of its 155-year history--the loss of at least 100,000 full-time members--the nation's largest union plans to respond by organizing thousands of new members and transforming itself into an even more politically potent force. Whether the National Education Association (NEA) can accomplish those goals while…
Descriptors: Unions, Collective Bargaining, Professional Associations, Teaching (Occupation)
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
Can a teachers' union successfully be both a hardball-playing defender of its rights and a collaborative force for the common good? It is both a question of philosophy and, increasingly, one of policy direction for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), whose biennial convention in Detroit showed delegates grappling with the tension between…
Descriptors: Testing, Standardized Tests, Unions, Educational Change
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