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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
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2013
Boosting early retirement in cash-strapped districts does not hurt students' math and reading scores, according to new studies released at the American Economic Association meeting, but pension-incentive programs may cost schools some of their most effective teachers. Separate studies of teachers in California, Illinois, and North Carolina paint a…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Experienced Teachers, Teacher Retirement, Incentives
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, 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
Education Week, 2012
Nearly every state has signed on to use the Common Core State Standards as a framework for teaching English/language arts and mathematics to students. Translating them for the classroom, however, requires schools, teachers, and students to change the way they approach teaching and learning. This report examines the progress some states have made…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, English Instruction, Mathematics Instruction
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn – Education Week, 2012
The mythology surrounding the substitute teacher is not a pretty one: Paper airplanes, lost learning, bullying. But as schools collect more information about teacher absenteeism and its consequences, districts and schools are exploring ways to professionalize substitute teaching--or experiment with alternative ways of coping with teacher absences.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Attendance, Teacher Effectiveness, Coping
Education Week, 2012
"Quality Counts 2012," the 16th edition of "Education Week"'s annual examination of issues and challenges facing America's public schools, takes aim at topics high on the policy agenda, from the White House and Congress down to the level of local school boards and chambers of commerce: the nation's international standing in…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Public Education, Educational Quality, Competition
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2012
Back in 2008, it wasn't clear just where candidate Barack Obama's heart lay when it came to the big issues facing schools. Although Mr. Obama had been a community organizer, a law professor, and a state legislator, the junior U.S. senator from Illinois didn't have a long record on K-12 issues, and he rarely spoke about them in his presidential…
Descriptors: Presidents, Politics of Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
The tenor of discussions held in Washington last week by negotiators rewriting federal rules on teacher preparation underscored deep-seated philosophical divisions within the field, including the thorny issue of how much responsibility schools of education should bear for producing effective teachers. Though the panelists did reach compromises on…
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Federal Aid, Federal Government
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
As the movement to overhaul teacher evaluation marches onward, an emerging question is splitting the swath of advocates who support the new tools used to gauge teacher performance: Who should get access to the resulting information? Supporters of typing teacher evaluations to student performance differ over whether individuals' results should be…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Access to Information, Disclosure, Legal Responsibility
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn – Education Week, 2012
Three big-city districts--Chicago, Milwaukee, and New York--have terminated federal grants aimed at promoting performance-based compensation plans and professional development for teachers and principals. Overall, the 2010 Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants to the three districts would have provided an $88 million payout over five years--nearly 7…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Finance, Federal Programs, Unions
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2011
A hefty body of evidence documents the phenomenon of "summer learning loss," but consensus on the attributes of effective summer intervention, especially when it comes to access to high-quality teaching for students most at risk of falling behind, is only starting to emerge. Now, though, a handful of districts are beginning to wrestle with the…
Descriptors: Summer Schools, Budgeting, Teacher Effectiveness, Disadvantaged Youth
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2011
The author reports on the debate about "value added" measures of teaching which may be the most divisive topic in teacher-quality policy today. It has generated sharp-tongued exchanges in public forums, in news stories, and on editorial pages. And it has produced enough policy briefs to fell whole forests. But for most of the nation's teachers,…
Descriptors: Barriers, Comparative Analysis, Teacher Effectiveness, Information Sources
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2011
Federal officials plan to overhaul the reporting requirements for higher education-based teacher preparation in favor of leaner, outcome-based indicators of program quality, according to plans outlined in the president's fiscal 2012 budget request. To bolster the overhaul, the budget also proposes a $185 million new formula grant program, dubbed…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Accountability
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