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September 10, 2019
A renewed debate in Tennessee: Should schools be judged by how much students know, or how much they grow?
Commissioner Penny Schwinn's agenda may include changes to how Tennessee schools are evaluated.
September 4, 2019
Indiana education officials delay release of A-F grades amid poor ILEARN scores
The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to delay releasing 2019 state letter grades for schools to allow time for lawmakers to vote on a one-year “hold harmless."
August 28, 2019
As low ILEARN scores loom, McCormick wants to change how Indiana evaluates schools, teachers
With fresh urgency, State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick renewed her call for reforming how Indiana grades schools.
August 26, 2019
Newark teachers overwhelmingly endorse new contract that boosts salaries, ends merit pay
About 94% of Newark Teachers Union members who voted Monday agreed to a new contract that boosts their salaries and abolishes “merit pay."
August 22, 2019
One in three Tennessee teachers wants to leave the profession, survey says
Results from the latest Tennessee Educator Survey are both encouraging and troubling as fewer candidates pursue the teaching profession.
End of an era
Updated August 20, 2019
Merit pay was the heart of a ‘revolutionary’ teachers contract in Newark. Now the Cory Booker-era policy is disappearing.
The new contract highlights the waning popularity of many ideas associated with the education reform movement.
August 14, 2019
Six things to know about Tennessee’s TNReady scores coming out this week
Tennessee is set to release results of its annual tests for public school students on Thursday, marking the fourth year of scores in the era known as TNReady.
August 13, 2019
New contract will raise salaries of Newark teachers, end performance pay
Under a contract deal, Newark teachers will get annual raises and also will no longer be paid based in part on their students’ test scores.
to the races
June 18, 2019
Jamaal Bowman, Bronx principal and vocal opt-out supporter, launches primary challenge for Congress
Jamaal Bowman has been a teacher, guidance counselor, dean, and, for the last decade, the founding principal of a well-regarded middle school in the Bronx.
May 23, 2019
Study suggests ‘deck might be stacked’ against African-American teachers in Michigan
A policy brief by Michigan State University researchers finds that teachers of color are more likely than their white peers to receive low ratings on annual evaluations.
May 7, 2019
Hear that sigh of relief? Online testing just finished in Tennessee – and it worked this time
For the first time in four years, computer-based testing goes smoothly in Tennessee.
April 25, 2019
Colorado’s teacher evaluation system won’t get a makeover this year
An effort to change Colorado’s teacher evaluation system landed in limbo Thursday as a Senate committee postponed action on the bill beyond the…
Grading the instructor
April 22, 2019
Colorado teacher evaluation revamp stalls, but governor may take another look
Colorado’s controversial teacher evaluation system is likely to get a closer look, even if legislation to reduce the importance of test scores in that system…
Rethinking SB 191
April 17, 2019
Teacher evaluations: Test scores would have less weight under Colorado bill
Colorado teacher evaluations would be less tied to test scores under a bill introduced this week, but the changes are more limited than…
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