Teacher Evaluations Tag

Rhode Island Goes Big Using ESSA to Fight Chronic Teacher Absences

Taylor Swaak reports in The 74 on how Rhode Island is “tackling teacher chronic absenteeism by incorporating it into its ESSA plan as a measure of school accountability.” This “means the state will consider teacher absenteeism rates when gauging schools’ success and identifying low-performing schools.”

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What’s the Deal with “Highly Qualified Teachers” Under ESSA?

In the latest installment of Education Week’s “answering your ESSA questions” series, Alyson Klein responds to an anonymous query from an educator who participated in the publication’s Every Student Succeeds Act summit back in May: “Is highly qualified teacher still required under ESSA?” The “short...

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State Assessments, Teacher Evaluations, and ESSA

The National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado published a policy brief by Kevin Close, Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, and Clarin Collins that examines state-level assessments and teacher evaluation systems in the ESSA context and offers “some steps in the right direction.”

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Education Week Profiles North Dakota’s ESSA Plan

According to Education Week, “North Dakota officials are bracing for a fight with the federal Education Department,” when it comes to their ESSA plan. Some experts say the state’s plan pushes the envelope on flexibility in that, “school districts would not be required to identify...

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NCTQ Publishes New Report on Teacher Evaluation Systems Under ESSA

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) published a new report on opportunities for teacher evaluation systems under ESSA. NCTQ argued that since ESSA does not require “teacher-evaluation systems based in significant part on students’ test scores,” states are “given states flexibility to tinker with...

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Sen. Alexander Weighs In on Teacher Preparation Regulations

In a statement, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said the Dept. of Education’s regulation on teacher preparation programs under ESSA “appears to violate the Higher Education Act.” Under that law, states are “responsible for evaluating whether a college’s program gives teachers the skills they need for...

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AFR Comments on the Implementation of ESSA

The American Federation of Teachers commented that while states acquire control over “accountability, resources, interventions and teacher evaluation systems” in 2017, “some states will mess up” with implementing the ESSA. Read more here.

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