Hillary Clinton Should Listen to Her Friend Raj Chetty on Teacher Effectiveness

She could learn about his work linking value-added measurement (VAM) scores of teachers to their students’ long-term life outcomes

Behind the Headline: How To Build a Better Teacher: Groups Push a 9-Point Plan Called TeachStrong

A coalition of 40 education groups is launching a campaign called TeachStrong aimed at “modernizing and elevating” the teaching profession, reports Lyndsey Layton in the Washington Post.

If the Obama Administration Wants Fewer Tests, It Will Have to Give Up On Test-Based Teacher Evaluations

Either you can reduce testing, or you can continue to demand test-based teacher evaluations in all subjects. It’s one or the other.

“Deans for Impact” Group Aims to Reform Ed Schools From Within

Two dozen deans of education schools have come together to embrace empirical validation of teacher preparation methods and accountability for student learning.

Is It Really Possible That Professional Development Doesn’t Work?

What TNTP’s report “The Mirage” gets wrong on teacher development

Is It Really Possible That Professional Development Doesn’t Work? A Response to Andy Smarick

The root of the problem is our collective failure to even try to measure the impact professional development has on teacher performance in the first place.

Would Pension Plans Be Fine If They Were (Magically) Fully Funded?

Teachers suffer from low salaries while they work in exchange for the promise of better retirement savings when they leave, but for most teachers, that promise never becomes a reality.

Keep Your Yardsticks Off Teachers’ Careers, Unless . . .

… the results of teacher evaluations are used to give teachers better on-the-job training and meaningful opportunities for advancement.

Can Teachers Really Teach Anywhere?

Teachers are much more likely to move within a state than to cross state lines.

Digital Providers: Let Great Teachers Drive Technology Use, Get Results

What should we take away from News Corp.’s recent announcement that it is writing off losses stemming from its digital education wing Amplify?

Why Teachers Shouldn’t Grade Their Own Students

We put teachers in a tough spot, asking them to motivate their students to excel at learning and also asking them to give their students grades.

Behind the Headline: Charlotte, N.C. Gave Principals Power Over Teacher Layoffs. What Happened?

A new study looks at which teachers in Charlotte, North Carolina were laid off when principals had to reduce their teaching staffs due to budget shortfalls.

Teacher Shortage? Blame the Economy

A new study finds that when recessions hit, both men and women are less likely to want to become teachers and instead turn to fields like accounting and engineering.

Instead of Ineffective Professional Development, Try Redesigning Teacher Roles

TNTP’s new report The Mirage is appropriately gloomy on the overall state of professional learning nationwide, but change is already happening in some places.

Chicago Running Out of Options after Pension Reform Law Overturned

The judge’s ruling is a tough blow for the city’s finances and could worsen the situation for new and future workers, including teachers.

Behind the Headline: Quality of Teacher Hires Improved During the Recession, Analysis Finds

A new study finds that teachers hired during recession periods are more effective in math than teachers who are hired in more secure times because stronger applicants apply for teaching jobs when the economy is not doing well.

Behind the Headline: Missing, Messy Teacher-Prep Data Stumps Even Federal Watchdog

A new report by the Government Accountability Office finds that many states are not complying with a requirement under the Higher Education Act that they evaluate teacher education programs and identify “at risk” and “low performing” programs.

Opportunity Culture Outcomes: The First Two Years

Can we work together to change policies and systems to support giving every student access to excellent teaching, and giving every teacher outstanding career opportunities without being forced up and out of the classroom?

Chicago Made Its $634 Million Pension Payment, but Still Shortchanges Teachers

Because of post-recession pension cuts, new teachers in Chicago were placed in a less-generous plan and will face negative net benefits for their first two decades of service.

4 Things North Carolina Can Teach Us About the Market for New Teachers

North Carolina has a new “Educator Quality Dashboard” with some fascinating data on teacher preparation in the state.

The Key to Rigorous Online Assessments

Is it possible to integrate human-graded assessments into online learning software?

Teacher Experience Levels Vary By State

Data suggest that some states should be investing much more heavily in teacher recruitment and retention efforts.

Using Video to Make Classroom Observations More Fair, More Helpful, and Less Burdensome

The use of teacher-collected video in classroom observations did seem to improve the classroom observation process.

Illinois Pension Reform Law Unconstitutional. What’s Next?

Court tells the state it can’t cut benefits for existing workers, so new and future workers will have to bear the full brunt of cuts.

Not All Pensions Are Equal

For most teachers, a pension won’t lead to a cushy retirement.

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