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From the ECS State Policy Database: Teaching Quality--Evaluation and Effectiveness - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Teacher Evaluator Training: Ensuring Quality Classroom Observers PDF - This paper addresses the subject of ensuring quality classroom evaluations of teachers through the use of trained observers. Specifically, the paper provides examples of local and state approaches to training the individuals responsible for observing and evaluating teachers. (Chris Leahy, ECS, March 2012)...

Teacher Tenure or Continuing Contract Laws PDF - More state legislatures are beginning to embed teacher performance evaluation in decisions to grant tenure or to explicitly state the terms of contracts. And an increasing number of states are distinguishing between renewal at the end of a teacher’s contract and dismissal during the term of a contract. This document updates ECS’ 50-state look at teacher tenure and continuing contract laws....

Teacher Evaluation: New Approaches for a New Decade PDF - Whether spurred by the hope of Race to the Top funds or the research showing that students in ineffective teachers’ classrooms do not make the academic gains of children taught by more effective educators, a number of states have enacted legislation in the last year to amend teacher evaluation policies. This ECS policy brief provides highlights of these new provisions....

How States Use Student Learning Objectives in Teacher Evaluation Systems: A Review of State Websites - One way to measure teacher impact is with student learning objectives (SLOs) — an alternative to the more generally used value-added modeling with standardized test scores, which may not be available or appropriate for all teachers and subjects. This report presents information on the use of SLOs in 30 states and aims to inform policymakers involved in creating or supporting the use of evaluation systems that include SLOs. Natalie Lacireno-Paquet, Claire Morgan and Daniel Mello, IES/REL-Northeast & Islands, March 2014)...

State of the States 2013 Connect the Dots: Using Evaluations of Teacher Effectiveness to Inform Policy and Practice - State by state, teacher evaluation policies get a careful look here, along with in-depth analyses of policies in states promising ambitious teacher evaluation. Finally, there are lessons learned-successes and pitfalls-along the way to building evaluation systems. Authors recommend annual evaluations for everyone, multiple evaluators and addressing the ongoing challenge of evaluating special education teachers, among other lessons. (Kathryn M. Doherty and Sandi Jacobs, NCTQ, October 2013)...

SB10-191 Implementation Support Planning Tool - Although this is a Colorado-based tool to support teacher evaluation and professional development, other state policymakers may be interested in taking a look at it. A web-based application, it organizes information regarding major requirements of the state's new evaluation law in one place intended for use by superintendents, principals and other district administrators and educators. Along with each requirement, available resources and district examples are provided. (Colorado Legacy Foundation, September 2013)...

Cultivating Effective Teachers Through Evaluation and Support: A Guide for Illinois Policymakers and Educational Leaders - New teachers need more feedback and support than is specified in Illinois' Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA), according to researchers from the New Teacher Center. Their guide discusses how Illinois can solidify PERA's role in informing and supporting new teacher development by designing a teacher effectiveness system that includes both evaluation and instructional feedback and support. They stress the importance of teacher leaders as mentors. (Liam Goldrick, Dalia Zabala and Jennifer Burn, New Teacher Center, February 2013) ...

The State of Teacher Evaluation Reform State Education Agency Capacity and the Implementation of New Teacher-Evaluation Systems - This paper offers an assessment of how early adopter states’ departments of education have undertaken the preparation and implementation of new evaluation systems. It also identifies challenges and lessons that can be used to guide future reform efforts in this area. This assessment of the activities of state departments of education is based on comparative case studies of six states: Colorado, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. (Center for American Progress, November 2012)...

State of the States 2012: Teacher Effectiveness Policies - This brief is an update to the 2011 State Teacher Policy Yearbook that chronicled a sea change in policy across the United States regarding how teacher performance is evaluated—in particular which documented a marked increase in the number of states focusing on teacher effectiveness in the classroom and factoring student achievement into teacher evaluations. (NCTQ, October 2012)...

Overhauling Indiana Teacher Evaluation Systems: Examining Planning and Implementation Issues of School Districts - The 2011 Indiana General Assembly passed a bill that significantly changed the way Indiana teachers will be evaluated and compensated. This brief is the first of a two-part series exploring how that legislation is being implemented across Indiana school districts. It presents the features of quality evaluation plans and introduces essential elements of a planning process that ensures equitable, effective, and efficient plans for evaluating educators. (CEEP, Summer 2012)...

Teacher Evaluation in Tennessee: A Report on Year 1 Implementation - This report presents feedback from educators and stakeholders given to the TN Department of Education on the state's new teacher evaluation system, rolled out in the 2011-2012 school year. Responses are mixed and will be used by the department for continuous improvement. (Tennessee Department of Education, July 2012)...

Connecticut Guidelines for Educator Evaluation - The following educator evaluator guidelines provide direction to Connecticut school districts as they develop and adopt new systems of educator evaluation and support. These guidelines aim to ensure that districts have common and high expectations that educators are evaluated in a fair and consistent manner, and that employment decisions are based on fair, valid, reliable and useful indicators of a educator’s work. (Connecticut State Department of Education, June 2012)...

Focus on Teacher Reform Legislation in SREB States: Evaluation Policies - Of the 11 states and the District of Columbia that have won Race to the Top (RTTT) funding six are SREB states. Some SREB states modified their evaluation systems prior to RTTT and other SREB states restructured their systems with federal funding assistance. In total, in 2010 and 2011, legislatures in seven SREB states approved changes to their teacher evaluation systems. This reform looks at the changes. (Asenith Dixon, SREB, July 2011)...

State Council for Educator Effectiveness--Report and Recommendations - This report highlights the issues that the Council considers most critical in developing and launching a new performance evaluation system for educators in Colorado. (Colorado Department of Education, April 2011)...

The Final Stretch: An Analysis of the Race to the Top Round 2 Finalists - The National Council on Teacher Quality reviewed only the Great Teachers and Leaders section of each Race to the Top Round 2 finalist application. The authors offer their take on which states they think are a "go" (green light); in which instances they think the U.S. Department of Education should proceed with caution (yellow light); and in which cases the Department ought to put the brakes (red light) on a state proposal. (National Council on Teacher Quality, August 2010)...


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