Accurately measuring an educator's effectiveness is a complex and difficult task. This guide can be used by states and districts to explore various evaluation methods and tools that represent the "puzzle pieces" of an evaluation system. The guide includes detailed descriptions of more than 75 educator evaluation tools that are currently implemented and tested in districts and states throughout the country.
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17 Sep 2014
American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten is on record saying that teaching is “harder now than ever before, with less and less respect.” The view that teaching’s curb appeal isn’t what it used to be is widely shared, but is it right?
2 Sep 2014
Renewing the conversation on teachers’ role in educational reform, the U.S. Department of Education’s new Excellent Educators for All Initiative requires states to consult with teachers when creating new plans to ensure students have equitable access to educators. The Department also recently launched a website to encourage educators to share ideas for teacher leadership. AIR's Ellen Sherratt notes that teacher voices are left out of conversations over major policy changes and provides core principles for collaborative problem-solving for sustainable policies.
27 Apr 2014
The Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM) offers tools and techniques that enable leaders to gauge staff concerns and program use in order to give each person the necessary supports to ensure success. Taking Charge of Change is a readable introduction to this method of predicting teacher behavior during a change process.
7 Feb 2014
AIR provides background on value-added modeling, AIR’s value-added work, and why individual teacher value-added scores should not be publicly released.