Welcome to the
Education Reform Hub Monthly!
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.
Educator engagement is necessary for successful
implementation of reform, but its purpose is greater: to advance the teaching
profession and improve student performance. Engaging Educators: A Reform Support Network
Guide for States and Districts proposes a framework to engage teachers in evaluation
reform, and supporting roles that State and local education agencies and union
affiliates can play.
To better prepare States and local educational agencies operating in the new generation of evaluation systems, the Reform Support Network has published Promoting Evaluation Rating Accuracy: Strategic Options for States. The report summarizes the outcomes of a discussion among a group of State and district officials, teachers and principals, and external experts in educator evaluations and communications, who met to examine early results from new evaluation systems, discuss why these systems have not generated more realistic distribution of teachers across evaluation rating categories, and propose ways that States can begin to address this challenge.