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.
The Reform Support Network is pleased to announce the launch of the public Communities360° portal. Although portions of the site are still reserved for Race to the Top grantees only, the new portal enables non-grantees to access helpful resources about important work being done by grantees and the Reform Support Network. Visit https://rtt.grads360.org/ to explore resources such as A Quality Control Toolkit for Student Learning Objectives and Turning Around the Lowest Achieving Schools, and for information about communities of practice and contact information for U.S. Department of Education staff who are leading each area of work.
States are redesigning
their educator effectiveness systems to include measures of growth in student
achievement. Measures of Learning: State Approaches
for Gauging Student Growth in New Evaluation Systems looks at value-added
models, non-tested grades and subjects, and student learning objectives. It
closes with a discussion of communicating the results
of student growth measures, such as monitoring correlations between student
outcomes and teacher evaluation ratings and using data dashboards to share
To inform State
and district discussions of new directions in teacher compensation, the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders has published Performance-Based Compensation: Linking Performance to
Teacher Salaries. This study of performance-based compensation systems features an overview of
current policy trends, district-based efforts in the U.S. and a national
program in the United Kingdom.