State Spotlight: Michigan and Connecticut Seek Educator Input in Principal Evaluations
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  • March 11, 2020

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton In continuing our deep dive into the use of surveys in statewide evaluations, we further examined NCTQ’s database in order to determine whether or not states with successful principal effectiveness ratings utilize surveys and educator feedback when evaluating administrators. When doing this, we found that NCTQ not only awards points to […]

Iowa: Student Surveys & Teacher Evaluations
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  • February 18, 2020

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton State Spotlight: Iowa and the Use of Student Surveys in Teacher Professional Practice Evaluations Recently, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its annual State of the States report for the year 2019. In this report, state teacher and principal policies were evaluated and compared to one another in order […]

The Use of Surveys in Evaluations: Evidence from the MET Study
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  • February 11, 2020

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton Currently, 31 states use surveys in evaluations of teachers and principals. Previous research has shown that student, teacher, parent, and community feedback yields gains both in and out of the classroom. Teachers wanting to improve need to listen to their students, and principals should actively seek out staff feedback if they […]

The Role of Surveys in State Evaluations
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  • February 5, 2020

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) recently released the first report in a series of three on tracking states’ teacher policies. This particular report focused on evaluation policies for teachers and principals. This report is particularly important in that it places all 50 states and the District of Columbia […]

Teachers Want More Collaborative Time – Survey Insights are the Key
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  • January 14, 2020

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton Teachers Want More Collaborative Working Time, and Survey Insights are the Key to Giving Them What They Need It’s no secret that teaching is not an easy profession. In today’s particular climate, teachers are faced with increasingly difficult tasks and confronted with burdens that restrict their autonomy and willingness to continue […]

The Power of Surveys
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  • January 7, 2020

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   Why Surveys Matter Surveys are an important tool in determining what education stakeholders need. Policymakers and practitioners can gain a lot of knowledge and insight into the needs of their students, parents, teachers, and administrative staff through the use of well-designed surveys. That is why more and more evaluative processes […]

What New Principals Need to Know
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  • October 15, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   A few months ago, Education Dive asked as handful of veteran administrators what advice they’d give new principals beginning their first year. Interestingly, much of what was said brings to mind previous blog posts using Gates Foundation research to identify what makes a strong school leader. It’s reassuring to see […]

Student Surveys: Should Students Evaluate Teachers?
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  • October 8, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton A Response to Teacher Input in EdWeek Last spring, EdWeek released a series of 3 blog posts that included teacher responses to the question: “Should teachers encourage student evaluations of their classes and their teaching? If not, why not? If so, what are the best ways to do it?” Each teacher […]

Principal Preparation and Pipelines
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  • August 20, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   A Tennessee-based organization, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), recently released an article on the importance of education leadership in reforming student outcomes. In this article, evidence from the RAND Corporation stood out: principals are second only to classroom instruction in contributing to student outcomes, principals are multipliers of […]

What Makes a Strong School Leader?
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  • August 13, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   What makes a strong school leader? A research synthesis from the Gates Foundation details four ways strong school leadership can positively impact students and schools. The article states that strong leadership teams enable teachers to work with their peers and focus on improvement over evaluation, involve teachers in decision making […]