Report Chronicles Progress Of State Teacher Evaluation Laws

The National Council on Teacher Quality released a report on the state of state teacher evaluation laws.
by | October 26, 2011

Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia have made some change to their teacher evaluation policies in the last three years, according to a report released this week by the National Council on Teacher Quality, an advocacy group.

The 66-page report offers a comprehensive look at how governments are reviewing and changing their teacher standards. The study was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Joyce Foundation.

The report found that more states are moving toward more stringent teacher evaluations that incorporate student performance. Two years ago, 15 states required annual evaluations -- that number is up to 24.

It found that 17 states along with the District of Columbia have adopted legislation or regulations that require student achievement be weighed as a critical element in teacher evaluations. That is up from 2009 when only four states had that mandate.

The survey also found that in 18 states and the District of Columbia teachers are eligible for dismissal based on teacher evaluation results. But in only 13 of those states are teacher evaluations explicitly tied to student performance, the report said.

The full report can be found here.


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