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What Parents Neet to Know About Teacher Effectiveness Policy

What Parents Neet to Know About Teacher Effectiveness Policy | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

- Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Teacher effectiveness policy stirs up more controversy and debate than any other education policy. Two camps, each with charismatic leaders and top researchers, battle to win over public opinion.

 

[Teacher Effectiveness policy explained for parents. Articles with viewpoints from both sides of education reform included in this scoop. Do you know your leanings?]

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Research: Collaboration Is Key for Teacher Quality -- THE Journal

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University found in a study of teachers in Miami that collaboration is a significant factor in improving teachers’ ability to impact student learning.
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Questions abound for new program that rewards teachers based on SAT and ACT scores

Questions abound for new program that rewards teachers based on SAT and ACT scores | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
About two years ago, state Rep. Erik Fresen picked up Amanda Ripley's The Smartest Kids in the World to read on the plane.
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Myth: You Can Do More With Less - Pasi Sahlberg

Myth: You Can Do More With Less - Pasi Sahlberg | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Fallacies influence education thinking during times of austerity

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The Myth of Having Summers Off

The Myth of Having Summers Off | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
When summer hits, teachers often find themselves busy with all the business they were unable to accomplish during the frantic school year.
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When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher?

When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher? | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?
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Contentious teacher-related policies moving from legislatures to the courts

Contentious teacher-related policies moving from legislatures to the courts | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
As union foes use courts to roll back tenure laws, unions try the same tactic to stop test-based teacher evaluations.
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The U.S. Needs More Rigorous and Selective Teacher Colleges

The U.S. Needs More Rigorous and Selective Teacher Colleges | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Amanda Ripley, New York Times


If you elevate the teaching profession, people will trust teachers more and politicians will give them more autonomy — and even more pay.

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Teachers in Teach for America aren’t any better than other teachers when it comes to kids’ test scores

Teachers in Teach for America aren’t any better than other teachers when it comes to kids’ test scores | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Researchers found that students with Teach for America teachers did not perform significantly better on standardized tests.
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"Teach for America," Yes. But, "Teach For Finland?" Why it won’t happen.

"Teach for America," Yes.  But, "Teach For Finland?" Why it won’t happen. | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Pasi Sahlberg, Washington Post

 

Debunking myths about teachers in the U.S. and in Finland.

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Teacher-Evaluation Mandate Unlikely in ESEA Rewrite

Teacher-Evaluation Mandate Unlikely in ESEA Rewrite | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill agree that teacher evaluations are crucial, but as they take up the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, they are shying away from such a requirement.
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Teacher Evaluation Plan Draws New Support

Teacher Evaluation Plan Draws New Support | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A coalition of teacher-preparation groups came out at the last minute to support a controversial federal plan to track how well new teachers fare as they start teaching in the classroom. The move sets up a showdown with traditional players in the field.
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Debunking one myth about U.S. teachers

Debunking one myth about U.S. teachers | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Back in 2010, McKinsey & Company issued a report that made a powerful argument: the world's top performing school systems draw teachers from the best and brightest in their societies, but in the U
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Today's newest teachers face tough job odds, high turnover

Today's newest teachers face tough job odds, high turnover | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Is it a good time to become a teacher? Salaries haven't kept up with inflation, tenure is under attack and standardized test scores are being used to fire teachers. And that's if you get a job. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on the struggles for today's newly trained educators to find work and stay in the classroom.
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For Effective Education Policy, Listen to Effective Teachers

For Effective Education Policy, Listen to Effective Teachers | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
At the heart of the disagreement is whether the law should include meaningful accountability for the nation's most at-risk students. A group of effective classroom teachers from across the country is joining the fray with a powerful -- and perhaps unexpected -- message.
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Why so many teachers leave — and how to get them to stay

Why so many teachers leave — and how to get them to stay | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
On paper, teaching seems like the perfect job. Don't kid yourself.
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Learning From Students -Harvard Education Letter

Learning From Students -Harvard Education Letter | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Most teachers are accustomed to feedback from principals and coaches, but some have started hearing from the people who know them best: students. Last year, over a million K–12 students took surveys developed by educational services companies to rate how well their teachers teach, and many others took locally developed surveys. A growing number of states and districts allow the use of these surveys as part of teacher evaluation systems, and a few even require their use. For example, student surveys account for 5 percent of teachers’ evaluation scores in Memphis and for 15 percent in the Pittsburgh...

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New California Bill Would Have Unions Decide About Using Test Scores To Evaluate Teachers

New California Bill Would Have Unions Decide About Using Test Scores To Evaluate Teachers | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 22 (Reuters) - The degree to which student test scores in California could be used to evaluate teachers' job performance would be decided in union negotiations rather than by school dist...
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Grading Teachers by the Test

Grading Teachers by the Test | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Eduardo Porter, New York Times

 

The phenomenon is best known as Goodhart’s Law, after the British economist Charles Goodhart. Luis Garicano at the London School of Economics calls it the Heisenberg Principle of incentive design, after the defining uncertainty of quantum physics: A performance metric is only useful as a performance metric as long as it isn’t used as a performance metric.

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Virginia joins debate on making teacher evaluation data public

Virginia joins debate on making teacher evaluation data public | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A Loudoun County parent is suing state officials to force the release of evaluation data for thousands of teachers across Virginia, making it the latest in a series of states to grapple with whether such information should be made public.
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An Evaluation System Linked to Retention and Reward Is Vital

An Evaluation System Linked to Retention and Reward Is Vital | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Eric Hansuhek, New York Times

 

Gains in student achievement should be one element in identifying good teachers, along with assessments by supervisors and professional evaluators.

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Where Have All The Teachers Gone?

Where Have All The Teachers Gone? | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Enrollment at teacher training programs is down in many parts of the country, raising fears of a looming teacher shortage.
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Fewer Top Graduates Want to Join Teach for America

Fewer Top Graduates Want to Join Teach for America | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The group has warned school districts and charter school chains that the size of its corps of teachers this fall could be down by as much as a quarter.
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Do U.S. Teachers Really Teach More Hours?

Do U.S. Teachers Really Teach More Hours? | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A new study says U.S. teachers still lead the world in time spent in front of a class—but not as much as everyone thinks.
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To the Teacher Who Changed My Life: Thank You

To the Teacher Who Changed My Life: Thank You | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Neal Tonken taught me English in 10th grade. He changed my life. He died last week. I don’t remember what he taught me about how to start an essay, but that’s the way he would have started it.  He was clear and direct in his writing. Our first day of...
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Will test-based teacher evaluations derail the Common Core? - The Hechinger Report

Will test-based teacher evaluations derail the Common Core? - The Hechinger Report | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
GREAT NECK, N.Y. — On Sept. 2, the day her principal shared each teacher’s annual evaluation, Sheri Lederman came home from work and announced to her husband that she was ready to quit. In the span of one year, Lederman’s score dropped 13 percentage points, suddenly demoting her from an effective teacher to an ineffective …
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