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States Are Making Progress

August 29, 2014
District and state leaders from eight SREB states, Colorado and Pennsylvania gathered in Atlanta on Monday and Tuesday for SREB’s Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards Convening. States spent a significant portion of the meeting discussing how to integrate higher expectations for students within requirements for continuous improvement of teachers and principals.

The study identifies Colorado, Louisiana, New York, South Carolina and Tennessee as leading states in efforts to align teacher feedback and evaluations with the new standards. States making strong efforts in this area are Delaware, Kentucky, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The discussions around this issue revealed consensus that good progress is underway, and that all states are in this together for the good of the next generation of world leaders.

Accompanying reports from this work will be available in the fall. See reports from March 2014 here.
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EE Team Calendar

The work of the Educator Effectiveness team is picking up at SREB. Here are some of the activities we're looking forward to in the coming weeks.

September 3: Attending "Using Evidence to Advance Teaching" at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Washington D.C.

September 18: Presenting "Measuring Teacher Impact on Student Achievement: Successes and Challenges from the Field" at the State of Education Conference, University of Georgia

September 22 - October 3: Conducting focus groups, 10 cities in Oklahoma

October 9-10: Attending SREB's Legislative and Governors' Staff Meeting, Atlanta

What's On Your Mind?

We want to know. At SREB's Annual Meeting in June, we asked attendees to vote on which issues they'd like to learn more about in the coming year. Click here to see the results.

The SREB Educator Effectiveness team wants to provide you with the most relevant information as the dynamics of your work shift over time. If you have specific requests for information on any of these issues, email Andy Baxter, VP of Educator Effectiveness, at Andy.Baxter@SREB.org.

Get a Sneak Peek

In September, we will launch an interactive web application on the SREB website, which will show how teacher feedback and evaluation policies in SREB states line up across eight essential elements. Click here for an exclusive preview of the work we've done.

 Refining each of the following elements in your state strengthens the support the feedback system provides for teachers:
  • Statewide definition of effective teaching
  • Multiple measures of effective teaching
  • Balanced weights
  • Classroom observations
  • Student growth data
  • Teacher performance ratings
  • Teacher support and professional development
  • Continuous improvement of the evaluation system
Sharing this information across states can spur ideas that will reach more teachers — and ultimately their students.

August State Board Actions

 
The Arkansas state board approved changes to the rules governing the Teacher Excellence and Support System. The new rules define a teacher of record, include general requirements for district implementation and document how districts determine annual performance ratings for school personnel.
 
The Mississippi state board approved two budget items — one for the Data Coaching Pilot Program, and the other for an outside vendor to develop and pilot a process for generating student learning objectives.
 
The West Virginia state board approved 30-day comment periods for two proposed rule changes — one for the approval of educator preparation programs (Policy 5100), and the other for minimum licensure requirements (Policy 5202).
 
The Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and South Carolina state departments of education provided updates on teacher and leader effectiveness systems.

 
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