New data show that 95 percent of principals believe they have a major influence on teacher evaluation, yet they do not receive the professional support they need to take on new responsibilities related to teacher evaluation.
The ruling in Vergara v. California sparks strong reactions on both sides of the issue, but all can agree that great teaching matters.
Issue Brief Lessons learned from state takeover districts’ innovation in the area of teacher professional development could influence professional-development spending and practices in districts throughout the United States.
Report According to ESEA waivers, many states allow school districts’ discretion in the design and implementation of teacher-evaluation systems. State departments of education are new approaches to hold districts accountable for their evaluation plans.
A large majority of new teachers have stayed in their profession during a period of dramatic education reforms that critics claimed would drive them away.
The way that funds from Title II, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act are currently used needs to change substantially.
Interactive A number of grassroots organizations and fellowships have recently emerged in locations across the United States with the goal of giving teachers a stronger voice in the policies that affect their daily work in the classroom.
Report As education policies have evolved and recent policy initiatives have worked to expose the organizational and structural barriers to improving teaching, teacher voice in policy is perhaps more relevant and important than ever before.
Congress must act before the March 1 deadline so that our most disadvantaged children do not lose access to vital education programs and services that are already inequitable at current funding levels.
Students across the board are better served in an education system that seeks both excellence and equity.
Kaitlin Pennington is a Policy Analyst on the Education Policy team at American Progress. Her work focuses on human capital issues, specifically around teacher and principal effectiveness. Prior to joining American Progress, Kaitlin worked as a policy analyst at the education policy nonprofit Colorado Succeeds. Before that, she worked in the Office of Colorado Sen. […]