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In 2009, just as teacher evaluation became a federal policy focus, the District of Columbia Public Schools launched its new teacher evaluation system. The IMPACT system exemplifies the use of “multiple measures” of teacher performance as a basis for personnel decisions such as teacher compensation and dismissal. A new study by Thomas Dee and James Wyckoff asserts that some of IMPACT’s “carrots Continue Reading »
If you want a summary of the new study on Teach For America (TFA) and TNTP’s Teaching Fellows program, see Stephen Sawchuk for the short-ish version or Dylan Matthews for the longer version (with charts!). If you want some additional background and context, read Andy Rotherham. I’m not going to cover the study in too much detail except to point out a few things that are getting lost:NeithContinue Reading »
Let’s say you are running a school district. Would you raise teacher compensation (salaries and retirement benefits) by 5-8 percent for all of those who stay less than 20 years in exchange for lowering compensation by up to 3.4 percent for 38-year veterans?
This is essentially the question posed in a new Manhattan Institute report by Josh McGee and Marcus Winters. McGee and Winters look Continue Reading »
On the face of it, you wouldn’t think evaluating teachers would be a terribly emotional issue. After all, professionalism implies evaluation and transparency on a regular and consistent basis. Doctors answer to tissue committees and lawyers are scrutinized by their colleagues daily. Why is teacher evaluation so fraught with emotion?
Recent surveys indicate that teachers feel under siege.Continue Reading »
Yesterday I wrote about the “Stone Soup” phenomenon in early childhood education—the pressure on many early childhood organizations to try to produce something out of nothing. But there’s an equally frustrating phenomenon in the early childhood field—one that I’ll call the “Gold Standard.”
This school of thought, which emerges most frequently in national conversatContinue Reading »
For the past three years, officials in Miami-Dade County Public Schools have employed an involuntary teacher transfer program which gives school districts the power and flexibility to allocate teachers across schools with the goal of increasing school performance.
Given the involuntary nature of such programs, the potential for teachers to be treated unfairly inContinue Reading »
The National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems is concerned that public sector pensions are the “whipping-boy for state budget ills across the country,” which they tackled by hosting “1,000 trustees, administrators, state and local officials, investment, financial and union officers, pension staff and regulators” at a six-day conference at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on beautifulContinue Reading »
The big news out of the latest Public Education Finances Report is official confirmation that school districts spent less money per student in 2010-11 than they had the year before, the first one-year decline in nearly four decades. It’s worth taking some time to reflect on that fact, but the full report is also a valuable source of data on state and district revenues and expenditures and the eContinue Reading »
This guest blog post written by Danny Rosenthal, who is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former high school math teacher. He practices labor and employment law in Washington, D.C.
Two years ago, Florida’s Alachua County was faced with a dilemma. Under the state’s new teacher evaluation law, the county was required to base 40 percent of evaluations on value-added student achievementContinue Reading »
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! ES Senior Fellow Peter Cookson remembers his “mentor from the old school.”
April 1961. I am about to graduate from Saint Mary’s High School on the south side of Phoenix, Ariz. I am a fair student at best, only functionally literate, vaguely interested in history, a bit of a cut-up, and noted for talking back to the good nuns and fathers who wContinue Reading »