Welcome to the
Education Reform Hub!
This monthly update from the U.S. Department of Education will
alert readers to new resources that inform policy and practice across several
areas of education reform.
Measuring Student Growth to
Understand Teacher Effectiveness
State Rules for Including Student Achievement
Data in Teacher Evaluations
teachers based in part on student growth demands important policy decisions about
the attribution of student results to teachers. For that reason, evaluation
systems that include a component based on student achievement growth must
specify how they will correctly link students to the teachers responsible for
their learning. State Rules for Linking Student and Teacher Data for the Purpose
of Teacher Evaluation provides a snapshot of the business rules for including student achievement
data in evaluations of teacher performance in selected Race to the Top grantee
Student Growth Measurement in Non-Tested Grades and
Race to the Top guidance on measuring student achievement in
non-tested grades and subjects permits “alternative measures of student
learning and performance” if they are “rigorous and comparable across
classrooms.” Measuring Student
Growth for Teachers in Non-Tested Grades and Subjects describes the options that State and local education agencies
have when taking into account student growth in non-tested grades and subjects
as part of their teacher and principal evaluation systems.
The Student Learning Objectives Toolkit
For many States and school districts, student learning objectives (SLOs) are becoming the solution of choice to the challenge of integrating teachers of non-tested grades and subjects into evaluation and compensation systems that require measures of student growth. The Reform Support Network designed A Quality Control Toolkit for Student Learning Objectives to help States and school districts implement SLOs with the highest degree of quality. The toolkit contains templates, guidance documents, sample SLOs and other tools, which States and school districts can select or adapt.