Thomas Toch

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 of many states. But the…

By Thomas Toch

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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 educating the nation’s students and…

By Thomas Toch

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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 nothing if not controversial in…

By Thomas Toch

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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 policy solutions. But on the…

By Thomas Toch

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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 new Every Student Succeeds Act…

By Thomas Toch

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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 administration’s pressure on states and…

By Thomas Toch

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Posted May 9, 2016

Why Evaluating Teachers Is Really Hard to Do

I recently had dinner with two teachers who told me that in their combined 38 years of teaching they have had exactly three meaningful feedback…

By Peter Cunningham

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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 commentators have pointed to the research as evidence that a national campaign to measure teachers more effectively hasn't worked. But that's the wrong conclusion to draw. The  study highlights weaknesses in the reforms that need to be addressed. But its findings are more positive than the…

By Thomas Toch

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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 Every Student Succeeds Act cancels…

By Thomas Toch

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Posted Apr. 10, 2021

EXPLAINED: The American Rescue Plan Gives a Huge Boost to School Funding

What is the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021? You may have heard it as the “second big COVID stimulus,” but the actual name is…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Apr. 12, 2021

Science Is Finally Beating Covid. Now Let’s Give It a Chance to Help Kids Read.

Before the pandemic, approximately one million children, year in and year out, ended fourth grade at best barely able to read. It’s anyone’s guess what that number looks…

By Kate Walsh

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Posted Apr. 7, 2021

We Have No Idea What This Year Has Been Like for Our Kids

One year ago, my now-kindergartener left his bustling and diverse transitional kindergarten classroom with sensory learning areas designed for academic and social skills development to…

By Sonya Heisters

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