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Stone, Zachary – Tennessee Department of Education, 2017
Over the last several years, Tennessee has rapidly expanded the use of student growth portfolio models for the purpose of teacher evaluation. Participation, both in the number of districts and teachers, has increased steadily since portfolios were first introduced during the 2011-12 school year, and we expect that participation will continue to…
Descriptors: Growth Models, Portfolios (Background Materials), Teacher Evaluation, Scores
Bailey, Isaiah – Tennessee Department of Education, 2016
The Tennessee Educator Survey, created in partnership with the Tennessee Education Research Alliance at Vanderbilt University (TERA), aims to take the pulse of teacher perceptions, monitor school climate and culture across the state, and include educators' voices in the policy discussion. The survey offers a snapshot of where Tennessee is--and…
Descriptors: Teacher Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Attitudes, State Surveys
Pratt, Tony – Tennessee Department of Education, 2014
This report describes an analysis by the Tennessee Department of Education's Office of Research and Policy that proposes a second quantitative metric for assessing the practicality and usefulness of the ratings that teacher evaluators are giving to the teachers they observe by looking at the range of ratings given. The idea of the…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Observation, Evaluators, Feedback (Response)
Pratt, Tony; Booker, Laura – Tennessee Department of Education, 2014
While most teachers in Tennessee remain in their positions for many years, it is also the case that some of the most effective teachers depart each year, either to go teach in a different school, a different district, or sometimes to leave the profession entirely. Not all of these moves are avoidable, but finding ways to retain as many high…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Teacher Effectiveness, Public School Teachers, School Districts
Tennessee Department of Education, 2013
Tennessee has undertaken several wide-ranging reforms aimed at educator practice and effectiveness over the past several years, including the launch of a new teacher evaluation system, modification of teacher tenure policy, and initial implementation of Common Core State Standards. This report from the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE)…
Descriptors: Teacher Retirement, Trend Analysis, Educational Policy, Teacher Effectiveness
Tennessee Department of Education, 2012
In the summer of 2011, the Tennessee Department of Education contracted with the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) to provide a four-day training for all evaluators across the state. NIET trained more than 5,000 evaluators intensively in the state model (districts using alternative instruments delivered their own training).…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Feedback (Response), Evaluators, Interrater Reliability
Huffman, Kevin – Tennessee Department of Education, 2011
This paper presents the testimony of Kevin Huffman, Tennessee Commissioner of Education, before the House Committee on Education and Labor. He talks about the work done by the Tennessee Department of Education to improve education for the nearly 950,000 public school students in Tennessee. He starts by providing some context about his and his…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Public Schools, Teacher Evaluation, Public School Teachers