Topic: Educator Effectiveness
SREB state legislators introduced over 4,600 education bills in 2019 regular sessions. At least 850 of these bills will become law, with roughly one hundred this year relating to teachers and principals. Here’s how seven notable bills align with SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission recommendations.
Lessons learned from three years of work in 8 states
Providing real-time feedback and growth opportunities to teachers — the real purpose of educator effectiveness systems — means that school leaders have to understand and value the skills to be instructional leaders and be properly trained on those skills. In any career path, professionals need to know how they’re doing and need help honing their craft. Teaching is no different; teachers need a coach, they need feedback.
SREB partnered with eight state departments of education from 2015 to 2018 to transform how they supported the professional growth of teachers and administrators. This report summarizes how state departments invested grant funding, the impact of the investments on the states’ strategies and success, and key lessons from the states’ efforts and SREB’s grant process.
The SREB Teacher Preparation Commission called on state leaders to adopt practice-based assessments. These tests assess candidates’ readiness to lead a classroom and to apply lessons learned during coursework and clinical experiences.
Practice-based assessments have diagnostic value, meaning they provide performance data that educator preparation programs can use to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. State agencies could use the assessment data to determine how they will provide technical assistance to preparation programs.
As legislatures convene regular sessions, we at SREB have observed an uptick in bills focused on school safety. Some propose dramatic changes in the way school districts hire and train security personnel, develop emergency plans, or address students’ mental and emotional health. Others make technical changes to standing laws in order to lower the barriers districts face in creating safe learning environments.
Three actionable ways for states, districts and schools to support new teachers by meeting the real needs of both novices and mentors
Three strategies for schools to establish and sustain practices that support better feedback and improved outcomes for teachers and students
A guide for states and districts interested in developing educator support for new approaches to student surveys
A framework for developing and delivering a high-quality training program for the people who evaluate teachers
Which State Policies Have Paraprofessional Certification Requirements or Pathways for Paraprofessionals to Become Certified Teachers?
What Research Studies and State Policies Address Incentives to Recruit and Retain Effective Principals?
A snapshot of the major educator effectiveness legislation that passed in SREB states in 2016
Lessons from high-needs, high-performing Delaware schools