Rise & Shine: Teachers getting better under Tennessee’s evaluation system, says analysis

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Of all the changes under Tennessee’s massive education overhaul almost a decade ago, the state’s new evaluation system for teachers has perhaps been the most controversial. The inclusion of student test scores in those evaluations — amid frequent changes to academic standards and problems administering the state’s assessment — have contributed to a frustrating transition, even threatening to unravel those policies numerous times. Now in its eighth year, the evaluation system has been the subject of a handful of studies and reports released this year. Our featured story explores those, including one analysis released just this morning.

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter

RATING TEACHERS Tennessee’s overhaul of its system for evaluating teachers has coincided with real and measurable benefits for students and teachers alike, says an analysis released today by the National Council on Teacher Quality. Chalkbeat

EDUCATION IN POLITICS A Memphis legislator is castigating Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s decision to endorse Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee, saying it “confuses” a tough situation. Daily Memphian

Tennessee Democrats accuse Shelby County Schools of stonewalling on an open-records request to prevent them from learning how many meetings Republican school board member Scott McCormick failed to attend. Daily Memphian

LEARNING EARLY Frayser children reach for kindergarten readiness before they learn to talk. High Ground News