Thomas Toch

Guest Blogger

Director, FutureEd

Washington, D.C.

Thomas Toch is director of FutureEd, an independent think tank at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. He is a former senior partner at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and director of the foundation’s Washington office. He is a founder and former co-director of the think tank Education Sector, a former guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, and he has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Toch helped launch Education Week in the 1980s, first as a writer and then as the publication’s co-managing editor. He spent a decade as a writer and editor at U.S. News and World Report and has contributed to The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, The Wilson Quarterly, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Monthly.

His work has twice been nominated for National Magazine Awards. He’s the author of two books on American education, “In the Name of Excellence” and “High Schools on a Human Scale.”

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Posted Apr. 11, 2018

A Raise Is Nice, But Teachers Have an Opportunity to Fight for Something Even Bigger

The wave of teacher protests in the nation’s heartland are turning much-needed attention to the desperately under-resourced public school systems…

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Posted Nov. 29, 2016

Here’s the Deal: We Can’t Help Teachers Improve If We Don’t Know What Needs Improving

In an unexpected defense of the Obama administration’s pursuit of a clearer teacher-by-teacher picture of who’s doing a good job…

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Posted Oct. 3, 2016

How Meaningful Teacher Evaluation Systems Help Improve the Teacher Pipeline

Teacher evaluation reform, improving schools’ measurement of who is doing a good job in classrooms and who isn’t, has been…

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Posted Aug. 24, 2016

Here’s What Happens When Local School Districts Control Teacher Evaluation

Supporters of the Every Student Succeeds Act say that the new federal education law frees local leaders to implement innovative…

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Posted Aug. 18, 2016

Here’s Why Tennessee Teachers Are Digging New Teacher Evaluations

With the expiration this month of federal incentives for states to introduce more meaningful teacher evaluation systems, and with the…

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Posted June 30, 2016

Here’s Why L.A.’s New Changes to Teacher Evaluation Are Bad for Students and Teachers

The nation’s teacher unions used their lobbying muscle to make sure the new Every Student Succeeds Act ended the Obama…

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Posted Apr. 4, 2016

New Teacher Evaluation Systems Do Make a Difference

A recent study reports that most teachers have earned satisfactory ratings under new, more comprehensive state teacher-evaluation systems, and some…

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Posted Feb. 5, 2016

Who Says Teacher Eval Reforms Aren’t Working?

The conventional wisdom in Washington education policy circles these days is that reforms to teacher evaluation haven’t worked. The new…

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