Teacher Effectiveness

Teacher effectiveness has more influence on student achievement than any other in-school factor. Since 2010, at least 35 states have revamped teacher evaluation policies to include student performance despite educators’ protests. The Hechinger Report has traveled the country to learn what the controversial changes mean for the classroom. See all our Special Reports

Does using high-stakes tests to fire teachers improve student outcomes?

Study finds high teacher turnover is not always harmful to students

Bass-Hoover Elementary School teacher Jessica DeMarco, standing left, assists some of her students in readying their tablets for a reading assignment in Stephens City, Va., on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

Tablets and other tech offer ways to track teacher performance beyond just standardized tests

Bass-Hoover Elementary School teacher Jessica DeMarco, standing left, assists some of her students in readying their tablets for a reading assignment in Stephens City, Va., on Tuesday, March…

Panelists discuss a new report by The New Teacher Project, which found that professional development is largely ineffective.

New report reveals that teacher professional development is costly and ineffective

­ Panelists discuss a new report by The New Teacher Project, which found that professional development is largely ineffective. Photo: Jackie Mader WASHINGTON—Only 30 percent of…

Hey STEM professor, you’re a teacher too

Let’s move faculty out of the Ivory Tower and into schools

Evaluating teachers: Precise but irrelevant metrics?

I’ve told this joke before: Two hot-air balloonists get lost, and they’re floating aimlessly. They spot someone down below and call out, “Hello!” The person on the ground replies,…

Study calculates low-income, minority students get the worst teachers in Washington State

Labor economist proposes higher teacher salaries for tougher schools

New York teachers hate the idea of outsiders evaluating them. Here’s what happened when D.C. tried it

This story was co-produced by The Teacher Project, an education reporting initiative at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism dedicated to covering teachers, and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news…

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Researchers give failing marks to national effort to measure good teaching

School systems around the country are trying to use objective, quantifiable measures to identify which are the good teachers and which are the bad ones. One popular approach used…

Investing in the teaching profession

The school year has begun for children and teachers; it also needs to begin for Congress. At the core of the federal government’s small but vital role in Pre-K-12 education…

Indiana ponders new measuring stick for student teachers

Indianapolis Star Kneeling on the classroom floor, student teacher Adam Samuels helps second-graders count Goldfish crackers and paper clips. Sure, this lesson quizzes the students on their math…

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