Teacher Evaluations

We believe that fair and rigorous evaluations of our teaching must look at multiple measures. Learn about how teachers can grow through holistic and comprehensive evaluations.

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Getting It Right

June 2013

E4E-New York's Teacher Policy Team on Teacher Evaluation Implementation offers important steps to take in order to ensure that evaluations provide the feedback, support, and opportunities teachers need.

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Breaking the Stalemate: LA Teachers Take on Teacher Evaluation

June 2012

In Breaking the Stalemate: LA Teachers Take on Teacher Evaluation, E4E-LA's Teacher Evaluation Policy Team proposes an innovative system for evaluating teachers that is designed to maximize feedback and support while giving teachers control over how they are measured.

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Beyond Satisfactory: A New Teacher Evaluation System for New York

June 2011

In Beyond Satisfactory: A New Teacher Evaluation System for New York, our teacher policy team proposes an evaluation system based on student growth data, administrator observations, independent outside observations, student surveys, school community participation, professionalism and attendance.

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Incentives, Selection, And Teacher Performance: Evidence From Impact

October 2013

Washington, D.C.'s IMPACT evaluation system, which included instructional coaching and recognized performance with bonuses, improved teacher quality.

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Teacher Evaluation in Practice: Implementing Chicago's REACH Students

September 2013

The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research finds that one year into implementation, the overwhelming majority of teachers and principals believe that the new evaluation’s in-depth classroom observation process is fair, promotes teacher growth and is likely to lead to instructional improvement.

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Evaluating Evaluation: Using Teacher Surveys to Strengthen Implementation

April 2013

The Aspen Institute explains how teacher surveys can advance this work by engaging teachers, generating information on what’s working and what’s not, and supporting reciprocal accountability in education improvement efforts.

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The Hangover: Thinking about the unintended consequences of the nation's teacher evaluation binge

September 2012

In a new report, the American Enterprise Institute points out the need to look at evaluation holistically, clarify its pain points, and encourage and respect innovation.

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Do Schools Challenge Our Students?

July 2012

The Center for American Progress finds that students need more challenging math and reading work. This report mentions the importance of student surveys in teacher evaluations as well as the impact of Common Core standards.

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Trending Toward Reform: Teachers Speak on Unions and the Future of the Profession

July 2012

Education Sector looks at teacher attitudes on reforms affecting evaluation, pay, and tenure, and the role of unions in affecting these reforms.

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Fair to Everyone: Building the Balanced Teacher Evaluations That Students and Teachers Deserve

September 2011

The Education Trust states that everyone benefits from teacher evaluation systems when they are based upon regular classroom observations and multiple measures of a teacher’s contribution to student achievement.

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Evaluating Teachers: The Important Role of the Value-Added

November 2010

The Brookings Institution discusses how value-added measures can be an important – though not the only – piece of information in teacher evaluations.

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Teacher Evaluation 2.0

October 2010

The New Teacher Project envisions how policymakers can create new evaluation systems that avoid the pitfalls of previous ones through offering six design standards that an evaluation system should meet.

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Identifying Effective Teachers Using Performance On the Job

April 2006

Proposing federal support to help states measure teacher effectiveness, The Brookings Institution offers student achievement, subjective peer and administrator evaluations, and parental evaluations as evaluation criteria.

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