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States are working to make educator evaluations more reflective of effective instruction, more attentive to student learning, more diagnostic and more informative for making human resources decisions. Changing familiar patterns presents challenges both for teachers and for those evaluating them, as performance expectations and roles shift. The Teacher and Leader Effectiveness & Standards and Assessment Community of Practice (TLE-SA CoP) assists States as they introduce new evaluation systems. This CoP urges States to engage with teachers, both to explain the systems and invite feedback for improving them.
Making High-Quality Teacher Evaluation Manageable
This publication explores quickly deployable, high-impact tactics that SEAs and LEAs are using to make their evaluation systems more manageable. It also examines the foundation upon which States and school districts must build high-quality, manageable evaluation systems.
Promoting Evaluation Rating Accuracy: Strategic Options for States
This report summarizes the outcomes of a discussion among a group of State and district officials, teachers and principals, and external experts in educator evaluations and strategic communications who gathered in the District of Columbia to examine early results from evaluation systems in two States.
Baltimore's Career Pathways Initiative for Teachers
This publication describes Baltimore's Model Pathway, the process for becoming a Model Teacher, and lessons the LEA learned from working with teachers and the Baltimore Teacher's Union to negotiate their new differentiated career pathways and compensation.
Superintendents Speak: Local Perspectives on the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model's First Year
This publication highlights a series of video clips in which LEA level officials from Tennessee provide their local perspective and views from the ground on the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM), a comprehensive new teacher evaluation system based on multiple measures of teacher performance.
Transition to TEAM: First-Year Reflections on Implementing a New Teacher Evaluation System in Tennessee
This paper describes Tennessee's transition to the Teacher Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM) and illustrates implementation challenges and lessons learned.
Communication and Engagement
- Engaging Educators: A Reform Support Network Guide for States and Districts Toward a New Grammar and Framework for Educator Engagement
This publication highlights a series of video clips featuring an overview and discussion of the Engaging Educators guide among State and local educational agency leaders from Race to the Top grantee States.
Engaging Educators: A Reform Support Network Guide for States and Districts
This guide proposes a framework for engaging teachers in evaluation reforms and proposes new roles that State and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) and State and local union affiliates can play to support their engagement.
State Perspectives on Emerging Practices for Effective Communication with Educators around Evaluation
This brief explores emerging practices for improving communication between teachers and State education agencies on teacher evaluation systems.