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Tennessee lawmakers take matters into their own hands on TNReady testing problems
After more testing problems, the legislature votes to pull TNReady scores from this year’s accountability systems for students, teachers, schools, districts.
April 10, 2018
New York state tests start this week. Here’s what you need to know.
In response to concerns about the length of the tests, the state cut English and math tests to two days each this year, dropping one testing day from each subject.
April 6, 2018
The Nation’s Report Card is out soon. Will Tennessee’s hot streak continue?
Tennessee has been among the nation's fastest-improving states on student achievement based on the national test.
February 22, 2018
New York wants to overhaul its teacher evaluations — again. Here’s a guide to the brewing battle.
Here's what you need to know, including how evaluations currently work, the political battles that lead to this point, and what could happen moving forward.
SED VS. NYSUT
February 12, 2018
With changes coming to New York’s teacher evaluations, union and state officials prepare to clash
Just minutes after the state education commissioner laid out a plan for coming up with a redesigned evaluation system, a state teachers-union official rebuffed it.
take your time
January 31, 2018
New York officials promise to move slowly as they revamp teacher evaluations — again
The commissioner did not provide a specific timeline for finishing the overhaul of evaluations, but stressed that it will be a slow and deliberate process.
January 24, 2018
Six things we heard during Tennessee’s first gubernatorial forum on education
Tennessee voters got their first good look at most candidates for governor during an education forum televised statewide.
January 22, 2018
Tennesseans are about to get their first good look at candidates for governor on education
Voters will get to hear from all but one of the major candidates Tuesday evening during the first gubernatorial forum televised statewide.
To our readers
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
Updated July 15, 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.
Updated 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
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.
stay the (common) course
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.
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