2011

Prioritizing Teaching Quality in a New System of Teacher Evalaution

November 11, 2011

National Center for Teacher Effectiveness (NCTE) leaders Heather Hill and Corinne Herlihy  emphasize the importance of focusing on the quality of teaching, and not "teacher quality," in the following article published in the Education Outlook Series by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

Teachers are the most important school-level factor in student success—but as any parent knows, all teachers are not created equal. Reforms to the current quite cursory teacher evaluation system, if done well, have the potential to remove the worst-performing… Read more about Prioritizing Teaching Quality in a New System of Teacher Evalaution

SDP Fellows Richard Bowman and Sade Bonilla's work highlighted in Albuquerque Journal

October 11, 2011

SDP Data Fellows Richard Bowman and Sade Bonilla’s work on the value-added model being used for the teacher evaluation system in Albuquerque Public Schools is highlighted in the two articles “Pilot Program to Test Merit Pay for Teachers” and “Mixed Reviews on School Grading Plan” in the Albuquerque Journal.… Read more about SDP Fellows Richard Bowman and Sade Bonilla's work highlighted in Albuquerque Journal

New Study of Massachusetts' Charter Schools Finds Urban Charter Schools Boost Achievement Sharply, but Results for Nonurban Charters are Mixed

February 4, 2011

Researchers from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, MIT and the University of Michigan have released the results of a new study that suggests that urban charter schools in Massachusetts have large positive effects on student achievement at both the middle and high school levels.… Read more about New Study of Massachusetts' Charter Schools Finds Urban Charter Schools Boost Achievement Sharply, but Results for Nonurban Charters are Mixed