September 28, 2015 | Getting Smart
They’re back! The annual Smart List series acknowledges people and organizations making a difference. From now until November you’ll see around 20 ‘Best of’ lists, not in order, not exhaustive, just people we appreciate doing innovative work.
Today we are recognizing 50 great policy and advocacy organizations. These groups put students first, illuminate the path, and lead the conversation.
July 9, 2015 | Insight Education
We’ve long understood that student achievement is tied to teacher quality. And now, it’s becoming clear from both research and practice that teacher quality is directly related to the feedback and support they receive.
July 1, 2015 | Flypaper
In the last four years, 30 states have transformed their teacher evaluation systems to improve student outcomes—and fourteen more are expected to follow suit by 2017. Too often, however, states focus more on the design of the systems than on how schools will and should implement them. This report from Education First argues that this is a mistake. We ought to also provide teachers the feedback and support they need to succeed. The report identifies five districts (Aldine, Texas; Greene County, Tennessee; Salem-Keizer, Oregon; Fulton County, Georgia; and St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana) that seem to be doing this right—a collection that’s diverse enough in location, racial makeup, and student body size to be applicable to myriad locales across the country.
June 25, 2015 | Ed Central.org
New York’s Board of Regents met to hammer out regulations for the state’s recently approved legislation to overhaul its teacher evaluation system. Pushed by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this year, the legislation called for increasing the weight of student test scores from 20 to 50 percent and significantly reducing the role of principal managers in conducting classroom observations. Cuomo wants to revise the “old” system, in place since 2012, in hopes of reversing the ongoing trend of nearly all teachers receiving ratings of effective or higher.
June 17, 2015 | Cincinnatti.com
Try as they might, Ohio policymakers cannot regulate schools into excellence. Regrettably, however, heaping top-down regulations onto public schools has been the conventional approach taken by policymakers in Ohio and elsewhere.