Proposed “Teacher Preparation Rule”

May 2, 2016

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities commented that the Administration’s proposed “teacher preparation rule” – which would have states collect information on teacher placement, retention, and impact on students – is “incongruent with the new Every Student Succeeds Act … which prohibits the...

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How to Improve Student Achievement and Teacher Evaluations

May 4, 2016

Thomas Toch, Director of the Center on the Future of American Education, released a study outlining the impact of the ESSA rule on education, and provides recommendations on classroom observation, student achievement metrics, professional development, incentivizing principals and teachers, and navigating federal funding. Read more...

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AFR Comments on the Implementation of ESSA

May 12, 2016

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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Sen. Alexander Weighs In on Teacher Preparation Regulations

October 12, 2016

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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PA Releases State Working Group Recommendations on Accountability and Testing

October 18, 2016

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Education released a report on recommendations given by state working groups. According to the press release, the report recommends “reducing the amount of time spent on standardized testing; making changes to testing policies, procedures, and performance measures; adjusting the accountability system...

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ESSA Praised for “Establishing Clear Standards” for Evaluations and Other Measures

November 30, 2016

Thomas Toch, director of the Center on the Future of American Education at the McCourt School of Public Policy, commented on the Dept. of Education’s educator effectiveness guidance. Toch praised the recommendations for “establishing clear standards” for evaluations and using other measures such as “student...

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How States and Districts Can Improve Their Teacher Evaluation Systems under ESSA

December 5, 2016

Bellwether Education Partners released an analysis for states and districts as they consider changes to teacher evaluation systems under ESSA. The report also examined the “polarizing politics and ideology of teacher evaluation to demonstrate the risks policymakers face” and suggests how to “mitigate those risks.”...

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NCTQ Publishes New Report on Teacher Evaluation Systems Under ESSA

January 25, 2017

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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Education Week Profiles North Dakota’s ESSA Plan

May 17, 2017

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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State Assessments, Teacher Evaluations, and ESSA

June 5, 2018

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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