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August 10, 2018
How do you improve schools? Start by coaching principals, says new study
To develop teachers, principals needing coaching too, says a new study by Vanderbilt University and Mathematica Policy Research.
August 9, 2018
Citing ‘multiple years of failure,’ Knoxville school leaders vote ‘no confidence’ in state
Board Chairwoman Patti Bounds says the Tennessee Department of Education “still takes no ownership” of its mistakes.
August 3, 2018
Here’s how Lee, Dean compare on education in the race to be Tennessee’s next governor
The state's next leader will set the course for school funding and shape education policy on everything from student testing to teacher evaluations.
July 24, 2018
Haslam worries TNReady testing troubles could unravel Tennessee education policy
Now in the homestretch of his administration, Gov. Bill Haslam makes his case for staying the course with the state's blueprint for student improvement.
July 18, 2018
Tennessee will release TNReady test scores on Thursday. Here are five things to know.
This will be the biggest single-day release of state scores since the TNReady era began three years ago.
Tennessee Votes 2018
July 9, 2018
Here’s how Tennessee’s Republican candidates for governor answer the big questions on education
Chalkbeat asked Republican candidates about their own educational experiences, the future of TNReady testing, whether to offer private school vouchers, and more.
Tennessee Votes 2018
July 9, 2018
Here’s where Tennessee’s Democratic candidates for governor stand on education
Chalkbeat asked the candidates about their own educational experiences, how they'd address TNReady testing challenges, pre-K expansion, and more.
June 27, 2018
Tennessee teachers have a new voice. Meet the next leader of the state’s largest teacher group
When Beth Brown takes office July 1 as the new president of the Tennessee Education Association, she’ll become the youngest elected leader of…
fight another day
June 21, 2018
In union defeat, lawmakers end session without revamping teacher evaluation law
New York lawmakers went home for the summer without overhauling a controversial teacher evaluation law that ties state test scores to educator ratings.
guide to the battle
June 18, 2018
With days left in this year’s session, what will happen with teacher evaluations?
As the legislative session comes to a close, here's what you need to know about the upcoming battle over teacher evaluations.
June 12, 2018
Senate Majority Leader proposes new teacher evaluation bill — but it comes with charter school concessions
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan released an overhaul teacher evaluations — but it has strings attached that will make it hard for some lawmakers to accept.
Updated May 15, 2018
It’s official! Results from Tennessee’s ugly testing year won’t count for much of anything
Tennessee teachers and school districts can decide how to use this year’s standardized test results and won’t suffer consequences if the scores aren't good.
Taking a hit
May 14, 2018
By getting testing wrong again, Tennessee could undo what it may be getting right
Many stakeholders worry that public outcry over this year’s sloppy TNReady testing will unravel years of carefully crafted accountability systems.
May 9, 2018
Tennessee’s messy testing season is finished, but how much the scores will matter is up in the air
Students turned in their last standardized exams on Wednesday, capping more than three weeks of on-again, off-again computerized testing for TNReady.
hitting a snag
May 8, 2018
New York’s State Senate Majority Leader doesn’t endorse teacher evaluation legislation – but doesn’t rule out action either
With his statement, Flanagan leaves the door open for passing a bill this session, but possibly with changes or strings attached.
On the Agenda
May 6, 2018
New York’s top policymakers leave open questions about testing, teacher evaluations
Despite brewing state education policy controversies, May's Board of Regents meeting is shaping up to be a quiet one.
one chamber down
May 2, 2018
The Assembly passed a new teacher evaluation plan. Here’s how it may — and may not — impact New York City
If the bill clears the legislature, little will likely change for New York City educators.
May 2, 2018
New York state education department officials weigh in on plan to overhaul teacher evaluations
State education department officials thanked the sponsors of the legislation but warned of “unintended consequences.”
let the games begin
Updated April 27, 2018
Here’s where the key players stand in New York’s renewed teacher evaluation battle
In order to explain the behind-the-scenes teacher evaluations dynamics, we broke down where each player stands.
April 27, 2018
As unions rejoice over possible teacher evaluations reversal, original advocates say change will ‘mask inequity’
No one was more jarred by a bill to remove test scores from teacher evaluations than advocates who convinced the state to go that direction in the first place.
I'm just a bill
April 26, 2018
The debate is back: New York state leaders introduce bill to overhaul teacher evaluations
A bill introduced in the Assembly on Thursday would not require districts to use standardized test scores to judge teachers.
the race continues
Updated April 26, 2018
Diving into charged debate, Nixon calls for immediate repeal of New York’s teacher evaluation law
The announcement puts Nixon on board with the state’s teachers union agenda and threatens to drive a wedge between Cuomo and the major labor group.
Updated April 26, 2018
Tennessee lawmakers take another whack at shielding teachers from TNReady test flubs
The legislature orders that "no adverse action" may be taken over this year's TNReady scores out of concern that the test results will be flawed.
Updated April 24, 2018
How state Senate elections, Simcha Felder, and a new Democratic deal could shape New York’s education policy
With two key Senate elections on Tuesday, the fate of New York State’s Senate is up in the air — and some important education issues could hang in the balance.
April 19, 2018
Tennessee lawmakers take matters into their own hands on TNReady testing problems
After more testing problems, the legislature votes to pull TNReady scores from this year’s accountability systems for students, teachers, schools, districts.
April 10, 2018
New York state tests start this week. Here’s what you need to know.
In response to concerns about the length of the tests, the state cut English and math tests to two days each this year, dropping one testing day from each subject.
April 6, 2018
The Nation’s Report Card is out soon. Will Tennessee’s hot streak continue?
Tennessee has been among the nation's fastest-improving states on student achievement based on the national test.
February 22, 2018
New York wants to overhaul its teacher evaluations — again. Here’s a guide to the brewing battle.
Here's what you need to know, including how evaluations currently work, the political battles that lead to this point, and what could happen moving forward.
SED VS. NYSUT
February 12, 2018
With changes coming to New York’s teacher evaluations, union and state officials prepare to clash
Just minutes after the state education commissioner laid out a plan for coming up with a redesigned evaluation system, a state teachers-union official rebuffed it.
take your time
January 31, 2018
New York officials promise to move slowly as they revamp teacher evaluations — again
The commissioner did not provide a specific timeline for finishing the overhaul of evaluations, but stressed that it will be a slow and deliberate process.
January 24, 2018
Six things we heard during Tennessee’s first gubernatorial forum on education
Tennessee voters got their first good look at most candidates for governor during an education forum televised statewide.
January 22, 2018
Tennesseans are about to get their first good look at candidates for governor on education
Voters will get to hear from all but one of the major candidates Tuesday evening during the first gubernatorial forum televised statewide.
To our readers
October 30, 2017
Hey, we heard you. You had a lot of questions about TNReady. We found answers.
Chalkbeat takes some of our readers' top concerns about Tennessee's new test directly to the state Department of Education.
October 17, 2017
Teacher pay raises on schedule in Memphis despite possible changes to evaluation scores
Memphis teachers will start receiving their performance-based salary increases in November, even though evaluation scores could change for at least 587 educators.
October 13, 2017
Missing student data means 900 Tennessee teachers could see their growth scores change
The latest glitch follows a series of mishaps, including test scanning errors, which also affect teacher evaluations.
October 10, 2017
97 percent of New York City teachers earn high marks on latest evaluations, union president says
More New York City teachers were rated “highly effective” last school year, according to the teachers union president.
October 3, 2017
After a two-year gap, Tennessee is about to release test scores for grade-schoolers. Here’s what to expect.
A significant void in test score data will start to be filled with this week's release of statewide TNReady scores for grades 3-8.
August 9, 2017
Tennessee teachers are warming to evaluations as a tool to improve their work, survey says
The state’s latest educator survey shows that 75 percent of teachers found evaluations helpful last year in improving their teaching, almost double from 2012.
August 9, 2017
Colorado testing an updated teacher evaluation system that will take less time but set a higher bar
The changes come seven years after Colorado updated its teacher evaluation system, which included the controversial move of linking ratings to student performance
April 19, 2017
Drop TNReady scores from teacher evaluations, urge Shelby County leaders
The county's Board of Commissioners votes unanimously to urge the state to use TNReady results as only a “diagnostic” tool.
April 14, 2017
It’s past the halfway point at the Tennessee legislature. Here are proposals that still could change the state’s schools.
Less than half of the more than 150 separate proposals originally filed with the Tennessee General Assembly are still standing, on issues ranging from school discipline to turnaround.
Father of TVAAS
March 20, 2017
William Sanders, pioneer of controversial value-added model for judging teachers, dies
The Tennessee statistician and researcher came up with the nation’s first system for evaluating teachers based on student growth, kicking off a contentious debate.
February 6, 2017
Minority students less likely to have teachers rated effective, data show
The data is the first to be publicly released since the system was created in 2010.
January 6, 2017
Seven education storylines to watch as the Colorado General Assembly gets to work
Funding. Charters. Testing. Oh my! The Colorado General Assembly is going back to work on Wednesday.
December 12, 2016
Your guide to district- and school-level TNReady scores
Tennessee soon will release district- and school-level scores from the state’s new, and supposedly harder, standardized test.
December 6, 2016
These 16 school districts haven’t updated their teacher contracts to comply with evaluation law, report finds
But the provisions that needs to be updated is one that is rarely used.
September 20, 2016
Union pushing more ‘authentic’ assessments in teacher evaluations
What will teacher evaluations look like this year? Details in the city's negotiations with the union are starting to emerge.
August 29, 2016
Most Memphis teachers are due a 3 percent raise this year, but who and when?
Memphis educators will get a 3 percent if they rank a 3, 4 and 5 on their last evaluations. This marks Shelby County Schools' move to performance-based raises.
August 10, 2016
Indiana flunked hardly any teachers last year
For the third year in a row, barely any Indiana teachers, principals and superintendents were rated “ineffective” under the state’s fledgling evaluation system.
ratings and consequences
Updated July 15, 2016
Denver Public Schools set to strip nearly 50 teachers of tenure protections after poor evaluations
This is the first year non-probationary teachers can lose that status under Senate Bill 191.
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