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October 30, 2017
Hey, we heard you. You had a lot of questions about TNReady. We found answers.
Chalkbeat takes some of our readers' top concerns about Tennessee's new test directly to the state Department of Education.
October 17, 2017
Teacher pay raises on schedule in Memphis despite possible changes to evaluation scores
Memphis teachers will start receiving their performance-based salary increases in November, even though evaluation scores could change for at least 587 educators.
October 13, 2017
Missing student data means 900 Tennessee teachers could see their growth scores change
The latest glitch follows a series of mishaps, including test scanning errors, which also affect teacher evaluations.
October 10, 2017
97 percent of New York City teachers earn high marks on latest evaluations, union president says
More New York City teachers were rated “highly effective” last school year, according to the teachers union president.
October 3, 2017
After a two-year gap, Tennessee is about to release test scores for grade-schoolers. Here’s what to expect.
A significant void in test score data will start to be filled with this week's release of statewide TNReady scores for grades 3-8.
August 9, 2017
Tennessee teachers are warming to evaluations as a tool to improve their work, survey says
The state’s latest educator survey shows that 75 percent of teachers found evaluations helpful last year in improving their teaching, almost double from 2012.
August 9, 2017
Colorado testing an updated teacher evaluation system that will take less time but set a higher bar
The changes come seven years after Colorado updated its teacher evaluation system, which included the controversial move of linking ratings to student performance
April 19, 2017
Drop TNReady scores from teacher evaluations, urge Shelby County leaders
The county's Board of Commissioners votes unanimously to urge the state to use TNReady results as only a “diagnostic” tool.
April 14, 2017
It’s past the halfway point at the Tennessee legislature. Here are proposals that still could change the state’s schools.
Less than half of the more than 150 separate proposals originally filed with the Tennessee General Assembly are still standing, on issues ranging from school discipline to turnaround.
Father of TVAAS
March 20, 2017
William Sanders, pioneer of controversial value-added model for judging teachers, dies
The Tennessee statistician and researcher came up with the nation’s first system for evaluating teachers based on student growth, kicking off a contentious debate.
February 6, 2017
Minority students less likely to have teachers rated effective, data show
The data is the first to be publicly released since the system was created in 2010.
January 6, 2017
Seven education storylines to watch as the Colorado General Assembly gets to work
Funding. Charters. Testing. Oh my! The Colorado General Assembly is going back to work on Wednesday.
December 12, 2016
Your guide to district- and school-level TNReady scores
Tennessee soon will release district- and school-level scores from the state’s new, and supposedly harder, standardized test.
December 6, 2016
These 16 school districts haven’t updated their teacher contracts to comply with evaluation law, report finds
But the provisions that needs to be updated is one that is rarely used.
September 20, 2016
Union pushing more ‘authentic’ assessments in teacher evaluations
What will teacher evaluations look like this year? Details in the city's negotiations with the union are starting to emerge.
August 29, 2016
Most Memphis teachers are due a 3 percent raise this year, but who and when?
Memphis educators will get a 3 percent if they rank a 3, 4 and 5 on their last evaluations. This marks Shelby County Schools' move to performance-based raises.
August 10, 2016
Indiana flunked hardly any teachers last year
For the third year in a row, barely any Indiana teachers, principals and superintendents were rated “ineffective” under the state’s fledgling evaluation system.
ratings and consequences
July 14, 2016
Denver Public Schools set to strip nearly 50 teachers of tenure protections after poor evaluations
This is the first year non-probationary teachers can lose that status under Senate Bill 191.
June 20, 2016
School districts given more time to revamp teacher evaluations
Rather than having to design new teacher evaluation systems by Sept 1, school districts will now have until the end of December.
on the clock
June 15, 2016
With one day left, here are the unresolved education questions in the state legislature
With one day left in the legislative session, New York lawmakers are entering their final hours to solve a number of education-related issues.
June 13, 2016
Proposal may let teachers avoid unpopular requirement: being evaluated by outside observers
Under new rules passed Monday, the city will be able to apply for a waiver that will allow it to bypass a regulation requiring independent observers in evaluations.
June 10, 2016
New York’s teacher evaluations aren’t going anywhere. In fact, they’re getting a makeover that nobody planned
Despite moratorium on using state tests, schools are still on the hook to evaluate teachers and the results can still be used to make decisions about educators’ futures.
May 16, 2016
What New York’s top education policymakers are talking about in May
On Monday, the state’s education policy-making body will tackle charter school renewals, the metric for calculating violence in schools and computer-based testing.
April 18, 2016
On Rosa’s first day as Regents chief, she signals a shift to a slower pace of change
A workgroup, which Rosa created in her first act as chancellor of the Board of Regents, will likely start by analyzing the Common Core standards.
April 4, 2016
It’s testing time for New York students. Here’s what you need to know.
As students gear up for tests, here's a guide to the changes, debates and controversy surrounding the New York state assessments.
Gauging a game changer
March 16, 2016
How $90 million from Bill Gates spurred sweeping changes in one school district
As an unprecedented six-year investment begins to dry up in Memphis schools, leaders seek to sustain the teacher quality reforms that have just begun to take root.
March 14, 2016
TNReady wait is over … for now
After weeks of delays, printed materials for Tennessee’s new TNReady standardized test have arrived at all 142 school districts, a spokeswoman says.
March 1, 2016
Here’s how test scores could count in teacher evaluations for first year of TNReady
If the legislature approves the governor's proposal, student test scores still will make up to 50 percent of evaluation scores in one way or another.
February 17, 2016
Few answers as state education officials testify about testing breakdown
Just how did years of preparation for online testing in Tennessee collapse in a matter of hours last week?
February 17, 2016
After testing debacle, Tennessee set to exclude student scores from teacher ratings
Gov. Bill Haslam announces the change during a legislative hearing about online testing snafus.
February 16, 2016
Her honeymoon over as Tennessee ed chief, McQueen enters second year under the cloud of TNReady and with a mission to combat illiteracy
Improving communication has been a hallmark of McQueen's first year; managing the TNReady testing fiasco and addressing stagnant reading scores may consume the next.
Taking on SB 191
January 29, 2016
New bill would eliminate use of student growth data in teacher evaluations
An unlikely pair of senators has teamed up to mount an assault on Colorado's landmark educator evaluation law, which still hasn't been fully implemented after six years.
January 21, 2016
Why asking to keep TNReady data out of teacher evaluations might be moot
School boards are asking that the state discount growth scores this year — but the state says that's unnecessary.
January 12, 2016
Here are the 45 Tennessee education laws already passed during this legislative session
From high-profile laws about Common Core to others that flew under the radar, here's what's already passed during the first half of the 109th General Assembly.
December 18, 2015
Here’s what you need to know about the latest teacher evaluation changes
The Board of Regents voted Monday to suspend the use of state test scores in teacher evaluations for four years. Here's what that means for educators.
December 16, 2015
How the Every Student Succeeds Act could change New York schools
The law could eventually lead to changes in testing, what happens to struggling schools, and more as the state gets more leeway to make education policy decisions.
A Look at the Legacy
December 15, 2015
As Tennessee finishes its Race to the Top, teachers caught in the middle of competing changes
Teachers grapple with the competing threads in Race to the Top's legacy: higher-stakes tests and a push for richer instruction.
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 10, 2015
Gov. Cuomo’s Common Core task force calls for evaluation freeze, test changes
The governor’s task force suggested overhauling the Common Core standards and pausing test-based teacher evaluations for three years.
Wheels of justice grind on
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.
November 4, 2015
Tisch urges Cuomo to stick with the Common Core despite the backlash
A week after announcing her plans to step down as Board of Regents chancellor, Merryl Tisch urged the governor to stand by the Common Core standards and exams.
October 7, 2015
New study will examine role of teacher evaluation in student improvement
An upcoming study from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education is funded by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
July 24, 2015
Tennessee educator survey points to happier teachers
Preliminary results of a state survey of teachers and principals shows that educators are happier with teacher evaluations and their jobs than they were last year.
Day in court
July 21, 2015
Legislative power key issue in arguments over teacher evaluation law
Differing views of the legislature’s powers were at the center of oral arguments in a lawsuit that challenges one part of Colorado’s landmark 2010 teacher evaluation law.
July 1, 2015
Jesse Register on his legacy as director of Metro Nashville Public Schools, and advice for the future
In an interview with Chalkbeat on his last day on the job, Nashville's outgoing schools director talks about what he's learned — and offers advice for his successor.
aint over til its over
June 25, 2015
More than a day after ‘framework’ agreement, questions remain on education issues
Details of the changes coming to the charter-school law, mayoral control, and teacher evaluations remain unresolved.
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.
May 7, 2015
Survey: Teacher confidence in evaluations lower than two years ago
Teachers are overall reporting more satisfaction on the job than in 2013, but confidence in new evaluation systems is low.
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.
April 23, 2015
As Tennessee lawmakers end session, did legislature ‘get education right?’
A recap of education legislation from the 109th Tennessee General Assembly
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