Teachers need ongoing, targeted supports to be effective. That’s why district and state leaders across the country are changing how they evaluate and support teachers. Over the past three years, 16 states have changed their teacher evaluation policies, with another 28 poised to do so in the next few years.
It is well known that challenges abound. Less well known are the innovative solutions leading states and districts have devised to propel their reform efforts forward. In a series of briefs titled Evaluation & Support: Strategies for Success, Education First, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has compiled such implementation success stories. Each brief tackles a key aspect of these efforts and provides state and district leaders with practical advice and recommendations. The first three briefs cover Classroom Observations, Student Surveys, and Student Learning Objectives (SLOs). Education First will release the final three briefs–on Professional Learning, Communications and Engagement, and Using Data from Multiple Measures–in coming months.
The organization encourages use of the briefs to guide evaluation work, or to support the work of state and district policymakers. Stay tuned for the final three briefs of the series!
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