Assessment

State Releases Teacher Evaluation Scores Without Revealing Names

It’s been more than 5 years since the Los Angeles Times published a database that allowed the public to review employee evaluation ratings for all elementary teachers in the city’s school district. The database stirred up plenty of controversy because...
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3 Ways to Improve Teacher Evaluations

With the national debate about how to best evaluate teachers continuing to rage on, there’s no reason to avoid fine-tuning the process. Employee evaluations, whether in the corporate world or in elementary schools, are essential tools for improving...
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3 Steps to Achieving Better Teacher Evaluations

As federal efforts for standardizing teacher evaluations come to an end following the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, states have more flexibility in the choice of their own systems for evaluations. For a recent report, “Teacher Evaluations...
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Evaluation Conversations Pay Honor to Teaching

When Indiana’s new teacher evaluation law passed, educators across the state had fairly similar reactions. Being the assigned person in our district to lead the implementation of the new evaluation process required by law, I got to hear most of those...
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Implementing a Modified RISE Teacher Evaluation System

In my years of teaching and as a school administrator, I have come to learn that the most effective school improvement efforts are those that focus on improving classroom instruction. What happens between a teacher and their students during instructional...
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