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.

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…

Indiana universities rethink student teaching

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — On her last day of student teaching, Kirsten Smock was trying to guide her first-graders at West Terrace Elementary School through a lesson about fractions. She put…

Teachers on screen: Video could be key tool

Indianapolis Star “Wow, I’ve never seen those kids behave like that in my class,” Patton gushed, as she watched a room of typically restless ninth-grade boys…

Student growth: Teachers must show proof

Lesa Worthington, a third-grade teacher at Greensburg Elementary School, keeps a green folder on her desk for paperwork from her evaluation. It holds student data, information about the student learning…

Indiana’s new education chief is changing the game on teacher evaluation

When former Gov. Mitch Daniels and then State Superintendent for Public Instruction Tony Bennett pushed a massive overhaul of teacher evaluation through the legislature in 2011, the promise was a…

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Lack of time and money as educators launch new teacher evaluations

For three years, Kimberly Safran has been on the front lines of the Pittsburgh school district’s push to hold teachers more accountable for student achievement. As co-principal at Brashear High…

Fixing how we train U.S. teachers

This week, the National Council on Teacher Quality issued a report on teacher education in America that looked at 1,130 university programs. While the report overreached in its attempt…

The trouble with NCTQ’s ratings of teacher-prep programs

Yesterday, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its first national ratings of teacher-preparation programs. Passing judgment on 1,200 undergraduate and graduate programs across the country—but not other routes…

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