ESSA growth vs. proficiency: a former teacher’s perspective

Right now, state education departments are working to try to come up with a plan that meets all the requirements of the Federal government’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). One area that has received a lot of attention in ESSA is the student accountability section and the required indicators that hold schools accountable for student

Putting it all together

As Naomi wrote yesterday the results from the final report from the Gates Foundation’s MET study are not groundbreaking. A number of researchers–including yours truly–policymakers and advocates have been saying for years that the most accurate way to evaluate teachers is by employing multiple measures of teacher performance that also includes measures of student achievement.

Poverty Not the Reason Teachers Labeled Ineffective

It’s no secret that most teachers are not fans of being evaluated based on student test scores.  This is true even though, according to the findings of an upcoming teacher survey from EdSector, the majority of teachers believe they should receive pay increases if they consistently receive outstanding evaluations from their principals . The survey also

Evaluating principals, too

Principals are finally getting their turn in the spotlight. The Connecticut Mirror recently ran an article highlighting a proposal I’m seeing more and more: evaluating principals according to students’ and teacher’s progress, just as has been proposed for teachers. As reported, the proposed Connecticut plan “calls for student performance and test results to count for

Merit pay revisited- Is Denver’s pay for performance a model plan?

Although it remains a controversial issue, merit pay has long since evolved from the days when test scores were the single factor in determining whether a teacher would get paid for performance.  Nowadays a number of school districts across the country have developed multi-pronged plans aimed at equitably rewarding teachers for their accomplishments.  Nonetheless, the