Education experts have chosen Indian Prairie School District 204 to take part in a national field study that will help shape teacher assessments and provide examples of excellent teaching in videos, which will be used by educators nationwide.
First, researchers will study how a widely used teacher-evaluation tool called Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching aligns with expectations of teaching the common-core education standards. The standards are being implemented in 45 states. Many states, including Illinois, are also tying teacher evaluations to student achievement. By the 2016 school year, Illinois teachers will be assessed on student performance.
Second, the project will pull together free resources, including videos of District 204 teachers, for all teachers as they work to implement the standards in their classrooms.