Feds and States and Widgets—Oh My!

The Feds For nearly seven years the Obama Department of Education (USDOE), through its Race to the Top (RttT) program and its issuance of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers, pushed states to establish “rigorous” teacher evaluation systems that incorporated student achievement evidence, the results of which would then be used in personnel decisions. The …

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New Federal Teacher Preparation Regulations – Implications for Michigan State University’s Teacher Preparation Program

In October, the federal government released new regulations for teacher preparation programs. As described in an earlier blog post, these regulations will require teacher preparation programs to be evaluated in new ways, primarily based on the placement and effectiveness of program graduates in their first teaching jobs. However, much is still unknown about how the …

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New Teacher Preparation Regulations Announced, Implications for Michigan

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced new regulations that will require teacher preparation programs to be more transparent about their effectiveness across a number of measures. According to the ED, these regulations seek to improve outcomes for teacher preparation programs while still affording states the flexibility to determine specifically how performance is …

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Tackling the Issue of Low Teacher Morale in Michigan and Beyond

Last month, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Michigan Education Association (MEA) released survey results from a joint project assessing Michigan educators’ perceptions of the profession. In a presentation titled Dissed, Devalued, Demeaned, the two organizations painted a grim picture of teacher morale in Michigan. Nearly 11,000 educators participated in the survey last …

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Reflections on AERA’s Warning About Value-Added Models

On November 11, the Leadership Council of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the nation’s largest professional association of education researchers, released a statement admonishing researchers and policymakers against the excessive use of value-added models (VAMs) in high-stakes evaluations of teachers, principals, and educator preparation programs. Coming on the back of a special issue of …

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I Dared to Teach

I received the following story from a teacher who wanted to share the ridiculous things that are going on with her/his evaluation process, but was worried about retribution from her/his administration. Sadly, these kinds of stories are becoming all too common as the pressures of the accountability era exert tremendous stress on all involved, as …

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The “Brave New World” of Teacher Evaluation: Be Afraid…

  from: https://today.ucf.edu/deal-moves-teaching-simulator-developed-at-ucf-into-private-sector/ Just when you think the masters of the universe who run the corporate reform movement can’t be even more clueless, you catch wind of the newest effort to turn education into a profit-generating endeavor–this time, a hare-brained scheme to evaluate student teachers, by…and I swear I’m not making this up…observing them as they pretend to …

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