A Missing Key Ingredient for Widespread Personalization: Innovative School Staffing

In typical schools, teachers just don’t have the daily guidance, constant feedback, and support from colleagues to improve fast when trying something new.

EdStat: $18 Billion a Year is Spent on Professional Development for U.S. Teachers

But teachers usually don’t get to pick their own programs.

EdStat: For Teachers Who Report that Covering Housing Costs is Very Difficult, the Chronic Absenteeism Rate is Nine Percentage Points Higher

Long commutes combine with rising rents to create economic anxiety.

EdStat: In 2016, Raising Blended Learners Chose Five “Demonstration Sites” to Receive Grants of up to $500,000 Over Three Years

These sites had mixed to modest gains in student achievement, though educators report greater student ownership of learning and fewer disciplinary problems.

EdStat: When the Public is Told How Much Teachers Currently Earn, Only 36 Percent Support Raising Teacher Salaries

According to the EdNext poll, support is down 5 percentage points from 2016.

EdStat: The Differences between Teacher-Preparation Programs are Negligible When It Comes to Teacher Quality, Amounting to No More Than 3 Percent of the Average Test-Score Gap between Students from Low-Income Families and their More Affluent Peers

If policymakers want to hold preparation programs accountable for the quality of their graduates, there may be better ways to do it.

Did Tenure Reform in Florida Affect Student Test Scores?

There is some evidence that Florida’s “game changing” tenure reform law of 2011 slightly increased student test achievement in math and reading, and that the gains were more prominent for the lowest-performing students.

The Financial Stress of Teaching in Regions of Fast Economic Growth

Rising costs are creating substantial economic anxiety among teachers and possibly affecting their teaching practice.

Rating Teacher-Preparation Programs

Can value-added make useful distinctions?

Straight Up Conversation: Skyrocket Founder Michael Sonbert

Michael Sonbert, founder of Skyrocket Educator Training, trains teachers and leaders in 300 urban and turnaround schools.

EdStat: When Informed About Teachers’ Current Salaries, 36% of the Public Favor a Pay Raise for Teachers

Recent polls show that most Americans agree that teachers deserve a pay raise, but the annual EdNext survey has shown that the public’s views on teacher salaries change when respondents are given more information.

EdStat: On Average, over the Past 10 Years, Teacher Compensation has Increased by 7.8 Percent for Retirement Benefits

During the same period of time, salaries increased by 1.4 percent a year, on average.

Teachers Have the Nation’s Highest Retirement Costs. But They’ll Never See the Benefits

Teachers can’t buy food, afford child care, or pay their mortgages with the promise of future benefits — especially ones that never come.

Screening for the Strongest Teachers

Katharine Strunk and Paul Bruno find a link between how prospective teachers rate on a tool used to screen them and their later performance on the job.

Unpacking Teacher Shortages

States should work with teacher prep programs to produce candidates that are more aligned to their needs.

EdStat: Only 54 Percent of School Principals Rate Their Teachers’ Understanding of How Children Learn as “Moderately” or “Very” Good

Though teachers are required to learn some basic principles of psychology as part of their training, many report that their education is too theoretical.

Teacher Preparation and the Diversity-Validity Dilemma

We are facing some real challenges in obtaining the high-quality, diverse teacher workforce that we need.

Unlocking the Science of How Kids Think

A new proposal for reforming teacher education

EdStat: West Virginia Teachers Secured a 5 Percent Pay Raise by Striking

Maybe we need to rethink how teachers’ pay schedules are structured.

EdStat: By 2016, 44 States Had Passed Legislation Mandating Major Teacher Evaluation Reforms

Have these new evaluation systems had a net positive or negative effect on our nation’s schools?

The Teaching Gap’s Troubling Consequences

An interview with Dan Goldhaber about new research on the impact of disadvantaged kids being assigned less effective teachers.

EdStat: Being Exposed to a Duty-to-Bargain Law for All 12 Years of Schooling Reduces Male Earnings by Almost $1,500 Per Year

“Duty-to-bargain” laws require school districts to negotiate with teachers unions in good faith.

EdStat: 71 Percent of New Mexico’s Teachers Rated Effective or Better

The state’s new evaluation system has been especially effective at differentiating teachers by the skillfulness of their work.

EdStat: 46 Percent of the General Public Support Merit Pay for Teachers

According to the 2017 EdNext poll, support for merit pay for teachers among the general public has dropped from 67 percent in 2010 to 46 percent in 2017.

EdStat: 93 Percent of Charters Opting Out of State Pension Plans Offer an Alternative

When charter schools opt out of state retirement plans, they usually offer their teachers an alternative.

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