Teacher evaluations

Colorado’s teacher evaluation system hasn’t changed in more than a decade. A new law will give less weight to test scores and more training to evaluators.
As schools still reel from the pandemic, competing bills would change the role of test scores in teacher evaluation.
Education is expected to be front and center again — with K-12 funding reform at the top of the list
The findings, released Monday and mirroring national research, raise important questions about the reliability and fairness of the state’s teacher evaluation system.
State education officials are proposing to remove the exam known as the edTPA, and would instead require teacher preparation programs to come up with a replacement.
The evaluations, which include classroom observations and student performance data, can influence tenure decisions and trigger firings.
Campus closures across the state could make these evaluations impossible to complete this year, state officials said.
Indiana has changed the requirements for evaluating teachers this year, offering districts unprecedented flexibility as campuses remain closed because of the coronavirus.
The state Board of Education is to vote Thursday on a slew of emergency rules drafted in response to the pandemic.
Indiana teachers are still waiting to find out how they will be evaluated with school buildings closed through the end of the academic year because of the coronavirus.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis included the change in an amended executive order issued Wednesday that also extends statewide school closures at least through April 30.
A bill that would remove the requirement garnered support from Republican leaders, unanimously passing through the Indiana House last month.
The Detroit school district will use the results of student surveys when evaluating teacher performance.
Three years of technical problems and controversy surrounding the testing program don’t appear to have dampened Tennesseans’ support for annual tests.
Results from the latest Tennessee Educator Survey are both encouraging and troubling as fewer candidates pursue the teaching profession.
A 2012 teachers contract made Newark one of the few districts in the country to tie teachers’ pay to their performance. A contract deal gets rid of merit pay, which many teachers distrusted.
Tennessee is set to release results of its annual tests for public school students on Thursday, marking the fourth year of scores in the era known as TNReady.
A policy brief by Michigan State University researchers finds that teachers of color are more likely than their white peers to receive low ratings on annual evaluations.
Many educators describe Colorado’s teacher evaluation system as burdensome and too closely tied to test scores. A bill that aimed to change that won’t even get a vote.
Proposed Colorado teacher evaluation changes would put less significance on student growth. A new bill also convenes a working group to recommend more changes.
A new teachers coalition called TN Teachers United has formed to organize around fighting for school funding and teacher pay and against over-testing, vouchers and charter expansion. TN Teachers United is mostly using social media to gauge support.
Low-performing teachers in grades 3 through 5 are more likely to be reassigned to non-tested early grades than their more effective peers.
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