The Common Core State Standards initiative presents challenges to teacher evaluation systems across the country, many of which are in the early stages of development and implementation. The merging of the Common Core State Standards and teacher evaluation systems must be approached in innovative ways so that teachers and the systems under which they are evaluated are able to adapt to new expectations.

Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion about ways to ensure that the Common Core State Standards initiative proves successful with the release of Peter Youngs’ paper, “Using Teacher Evaluation Reform and Professional Development to Support Common Core Assessments”. In light of the challenges, this report includes several recommendations for how observation protocols, student surveys, value-added models, and teacher performance assessments can be implemented and successfully utilized, along with comprehensive professional development for teachers and principals needed to support the Common Core initiative.