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Oct 3 2012

Part 1: Best practices in evaluation design

Highly effective teachers are especially important for struggling students: Multiple studies have found that a series of strong teachers can help previously low-achieving students soar academically, while a series of weak ones can lead such students to stagnate. Informed by this research, many states, including Oregon, have begun to create more rigorous systems for measuring teachers’ effectiveness.

  • Evaluation
Oct 15, 2012

Part 2: Principles for implementation of more rigorous evaluation systems

Melissa Tooley is a teacher quality and data analyst at The Education Trust. Melissa’s work at the Ed Trust focuses on evaluating and influencing policy to ensure that all students receive the effective teachers they need and deserve. This is part one in a series of blog posts discussing educator evaluations.

My last blog post reviewed the key components of a well-designed educator evaluation system. But without a strong plan for implementation, even the best-designed systems won’t be game changers for students.

  • Evaluation
  • Educator Workforce
Apr 23, 2014

Sir Ken Robinson would be proud

"You cannot improve education by alienating the profession that carries it out." —Sir Ken Robinson

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Staffing
  • Evaluation
  • Educator Workforce
Feb 19, 2015

Letter to Kate Brown

Any assessment system we design must align with these new standards and must include the use of annual summative assessments for all students in grades 3-8 and once in high school. We are concerned, however, with the recent movement of downplaying the importance of statewide annual assessments for measuring overall student achievement, closing achievement gaps, and holding our public education system accountable for the significant state investment in it.

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  • Student Success
  • Evaluation
  • Policy

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