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August 5, 2018
Eight years ago, the L.A. Times published teachers’ ratings. New research tells us what happened next.
"You shine a light on people who are underperforming and the hope is they improve. But when you increase transparency, you may actually exacerbate inequality."
a high-stakes evaluation
June 21, 2018
The Gates Foundation bet big on teacher evaluation. The report it commissioned explains how those efforts fell short.
New research commissioned by Gates finds scant evidence that evaluation changes accomplished what they were meant to: improve teacher quality or boost student learning.
Updated July 18, 2018
How bias happens: teaching struggling students can affect observation scores, study finds
The types of students teachers instruct may influence how administrators evaluate their performance.
May 7, 2018
Teacher evaluation fight spills into New York’s Board of Regents meeting
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and certain board members appeared split over whether to express enthusiasm for the bill.
April 13, 2018
What you need to know about the $7 million set aside for Memphis teacher raises in 2018
Now that there's $7 million for teacher pay raises in next year’s budget, Chalkbeat explains which teachers will get a raise, how much, and why.
January 30, 2018
Did new evaluations and weaker tenure make fewer people want to become teachers? A new study says yes
After states put in place new evaluation and tenure rules, fewer people were interested in the job, a new study suggests.
March 16, 2017
For third straight year, TNReady prompts Tennessee to adjust teacher evaluation formula
The State Department of Education is asking for another change to teacher evaluations in response to last year’s test cancellation of TNReady.
July 22, 2016
Tennessee first-grade teachers now can be evaluated beyond test scores
The State Board of Education votes to update its evaluation policy, adding a new option for first-grade teachers.
July 5, 2016
Report: Indiana teachers are being evaluated with ‘erratic’ mix of 200 systems
Researchers found “an erratic profile” of plans that varied based on what the researchers said makes for “high quality teacher evaluation plans.”
Adjustments in Accountability
March 31, 2016
This year’s TNReady scores can’t put your school on the priority list. Here’s why.
In light of TNReady's bumpy rollout, the State Department of Education has new provisions in place for how student test scores will be used to evaluate low-performing schools.
March 7, 2016
Indianapolis Public Schools seeks better way to grade teachers
Critics say the district’s current teacher rating system gives too many high marks, doesn’t reflect poor test scores.
status quo holds
February 22, 2016
Lawmakers torpedo yet another bid to change teacher evaluations
A bill that would have given districts flexibility in how often they evaluated National Board Certified Teachers was killed Monday on a bipartisan 7-4 committee vote.
staying the course
February 18, 2016
Proposal to strip student growth data from teacher evaluations goes down
A bill that would have dramatically changed Colorado’s teacher evaluation system was defeated Thursday on a 6-3 vote by the Senate Education Committee.
January 12, 2016
Near unanimous support has bills to shield teachers, schools from ISTEP sanctions flying
Legislative leaders said this week they hope to have both bills to Pence to be signed into law by the end of the month.
January 6, 2016
Republican senator's call for a 2-year delay of ISTEP sanctions goes nowhere
A bipartisan plan for a one-year reprieve from ISTEP consequences sailed through two legislative committees today.
January 4, 2016
Pence signs on to Ritz's approach to 'pause' A-F grades, ISTEP sanctions
Democrats and Republicans are backing a bill is expected to be considered by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
December 14, 2015
92 percent of city teachers earn high marks in newest round of evaluations
As debates swirled about how teacher evaluations should work in New York, new data showed that most of the city's teachers are earning "effective" ratings or higher.
December 14, 2015
In big shift, Regents vote to exclude state tests from teacher evals until 2019
Teachers will receive two ratings every year beginning in 2016, but only the "transition rating" that does not include state test results will count.
December 9, 2015
Teachers union joins the push to roll back 2011 education reforms
The Indiana State Teachers Association wants lawmakers to relax bargaining rules, reduce testing and put a 2-year hold on accountability sanctions.
December 1, 2015
Study: Indiana's teacher evaluation law helped, but still needs work
Reserachers recommended changes that they said could improve the law.
Wheels of justice grind on
Updated November 5, 2015
State appeals court reinstates lawsuit challenging provision of educator effectiveness law
A lawsuit challenging a key provision of a 2010 educator effectiveness law won new life when the Colorado Court of Appeals rejected an earlier dismissal of the case.
October 28, 2015
It looks like far fewer Indiana schools could earn an A after ISTEP changes
The board voted to approve ISTEP cut-off scores today, but school letter grades aren't expected until January.
October 15, 2015
Ritz's teacher panel suggests changes to testing, evaluation and pay
Too much testing, too little pay and insufficient feedback on their teaching are some of the biggest problems educators think Indiana needs to fix if it wants to continue attract great teachers to the profession.
September 15, 2015
New York teachers may soon be able to challenge state growth scores
Merryl Tisch said she sympathized with Long Island teacher Sheri Lederman, who is suing the State Education Department over her 2014 evaluation.
September 1, 2015
With school year set to begin, teachers don’t know yet how they will be rated
New York City hasn’t decided if it will seek extra time to develop a new evaluation system.
July 16, 2015
Tennessee teachers school Haslam on testing, evaluations during first Teachers Cabinet meeting
Gov. Bill Haslam convenes the first meeting of his Teachers Cabinet by quizzing teachers on everything from professional development to evaluations to student testing.
July 12, 2015
Coming this week: Your updated guide to education issues in Indiana
Starting Monday, come back to Chalkbeat each day next week for a new post on a topic that's important to education in Indiana.
June 18, 2015
Daniels, Peterson recall the birth of charter schools at Mind Trust event
The dinner and panel discussion attracted a full house of 750 invitees to the Indiana Roof Ballroom.
June 16, 2015
New evaluation rules win final approval, with some Regents still opposed
School districts will be allowed to create plans giving state tests and locally selected tests equal weight in a teacher’s final rating.
June 15, 2015
Debate over evaluation delays ends with a compromise, but Regents remain divided
The state’s education policymaking body tentatively agreed Monday to make it easier for school districts to delay overhauling their teacher evaluation systems.
June 12, 2015
Teacher evaluation regulations further reduce role of state tests, outside observers
The state released regulations for New York’s new evaluation law on Friday that would allow districts to reduce the role of standardized tests and outside observers.
June 11, 2015
Study: IPS teachers seek ways to better evaluation process
TeachPlus held focus groups with 24 teachers to discuss possible improvements to the district's model for rating teachers.
June 9, 2015
TVAAS creator William Sanders to receive national education award
William Sanders, the statistician who developed Tennessee’s system for evaluating teachers and schools, is the 2015 recipient of the James Bryant Conant Award.
June 2, 2015
Incoming commissioner Elia talks evals, promises to listen to opt-out concerns
MaryEllen Elia said Tuesday that she favors giving school districts more time to make changes to their teacher evaluation systems, but skirted questions about other hot-button issues.
May 19, 2015
State’s evaluation proposal prompts frustration, dissent among Regents
State education officials unveiled recommendations for a new teacher evaluation system earlier in May, easing few concerns about the bitterly contested policy.
May 18, 2015
Fariña to state officials: Cuomo’s evaluation plan needs changes
The letter’s most surprising takeaway is that, in New York City, Cuomo may be about to exacerbate the problem he sought to fix through his new evaluation law.
May 8, 2015
Calls to delay teacher eval overhaul grow more urgent in Albany
A consensus is building around limiting the role of outside evaluators in teacher observations and that the Nov. 15 deadline for adopting the plans must be extended.
to the summit
May 7, 2015
At ‘evalapalooza,’ officials urged to limit use of tests, give districts breathing room
Between coffee breaks, panelists at what Twitter dubbed #evalapalooza offered dozens of recommendations for how state education officials should finalize the system.
and we're live
May 7, 2015
Watch: State summit on new teacher evaluations is underway
City union leaders Mark Cannizzaro and Michael Mulgrew are among those due to testify in Albany on the the state's new teacher and principal evaluations.
May 7, 2015
Tisch: Consensus from Thursday summit should guide evaluation redesign
The eight-hour summit will include more than 30 panelists, representing nearly as many organizations, broken out into seven separate panels.
team of rivals
April 30, 2015
Seven ed research heavyweights to head to Albany to help direct evaluation overhaul
Harvard economist Thomas Kane is one of seven experts who accepted an invitation to weigh in on the debate, according to a department memo.
April 27, 2015
After pushing strict deadline for eval changes, Cuomo says extension ‘reasonable’
It was less than four weeks ago that Cuomo and a reluctant legislature passed the new evaluation law.
pumping the brakes
April 23, 2015
Fariña: State shouldn’t force quick changes to teacher evaluations
Chancellor Carmen Fariña joined a growing number of education officials who say districts need more time to implement a new teacher evaluation system.
a second look
April 21, 2015
A skeptic says class sizes and student’s gender also might affect teacher ratings
Teachers in schools with larger class sizes and more boys were more likely to receive lower ratings, says a critic of teacher evaluations.
April 17, 2015
State: New York City’s top-rated teachers less likely to serve black and Hispanic students
City teachers who received the highest ratings were less likely to serve black and Hispanic students, state education officials said this week.
April 13, 2015
Regents seek extension for districts on teacher eval deadlines
State education officials offered a grim prognosis of the chances that districts will smoothly be able to implement new teacher evaluation systems.
April 9, 2015
Low-rated teachers twice as likely to work in Renewal schools
More than 20 percent of teachers in de Blasio's Renewal schools received a low rating last year, compared to less than 10 percent of teachers citywide.
April 7, 2015
The four other (non-testing) education bills that are on the move at the Capitol this week
While the focus so far this week at the Capitol has been on the budget and on testing, education bills of interest are on the move.
April 3, 2015
Tisch: Top city schools could be exempt from new teacher evaluation system
They include elite specialized high schools like Stuyvesant, citywide gifted and talented programs, and hugely popular zoned elementary schools like P.S. 321.
Devil in the details
April 3, 2015
Requiring outside evaluators for teachers will prove costly, Fariña warns
“Anyone who comes from the outside, to some degree, is going to cost us money,” Chancellor Carmen Fariña said.
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