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November 26, 2012

Putting the Value in Teacher Evaluation

States and districts are using teacher evaluation as a primary lever to improve teacher effectiveness. How can an evaluation system do more than simply measure teacher practice and, in fact, become a truly powerful tool for helping teachers to improve their practice?  

Jason Culbertson, chief learning officer of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), lends his voice to this important discussion in the November 2012 edition of Kappan magazine.

In the feature, "Putting the Value in Teacher Evaluation" (PDF), Jason explains how the design and implementation of new systems for teacher evaluation in states and districts across the country implementing TAP lead to: 

  • More accurate measurement of teacher practice;
  • More opportunities for teacher leadership;
  • More coherent systems for professional development;
  • Increased teacher effectiveness and efficacy;
  • New performance-based measures for compensation; and
  • Improved student achievement.

Based on his work across multiple states, Jason illustrates how teachers are experiencing new evaluation systems. Read more (PDF).

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