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Resource Library

Hope Street Group’s resource library provides an abundance of information to assist you learning about teacher evaluation reform. Whether you're seeking information non-tested grades and subjects, growth measures, teacher engagement, value added measurement or anything else, you'll find it here.

  • Getting to Excellence A Legislator’s Guide to Educator Effectiveness Policy

    NCSL’s Educator Effectiveness Partnership created this publication as a guide for state legislators as they consider policies that support educators and improve the quality of teaching. It provides an overview of the major areas of educator policy, lists questions state legislators might ask as they consider their own policy context, and offers policy options states are considering. The information presented in this publication was gleaned from Partnership meetings during the past year with education policy experts and from the partners’ own expertise and experience.  The Partnership met throughout 2011 to hear from researchers and experts on the issue, and shared their own expertise to determine the most effective and efficient policies. The work culminated in this guide.

  • A Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems

    A Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems is a tool designed to assist states and districts in constructing high-quality teacher evaluation systems in an effort to improve teaching and learning. This tool is not a step-by-step guide to devising a teacher evaluation system.  Rather, it is intended to facilitate discussion and promote coherence in the development process.

  • Senate Bill 1: Indiana Teacher Evaluation Legislation

    Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) is the Indiana legislation that enacted teacher evaliation reform. Among other things, SB 1 requires annual teacher evaluations “significantly informed” by student achievement and growth data; conditions teacher tenure on effectiveness; allows districts to dismiss ineffective teachers; prohibits “last in, first out,” teacher layoffs; and limits the extent to which teacher salary increases may be based on seniority or higher education credentials.


    Bellweather Education Partners rated SB 1 as one of the best pieces of teacher evaluation legislation in the country.

  • Senate Bill 10-191: Colorado's Teacher Evaluation Legislation

    Senate Bill 10-191 changes the way both principals and teachers will be evaluated in Colorado with the ultimate goal of continuously supporting educators' professional growth and, in turn, accelerating student results.


    Bellweather Education Partners rated Senate Bill 10-191 as one of the best pieces of teacher evaluation legislation in the country.

  • Using Teacher Evaluation Reform and Professional Development to Support Common Core Assessments

    This report discusses efforts to develop and implement Common Core standards and assessments in the 45 states and the District of Columbia that are initiative members, and outlines how past attempts to enact standards-based reform have been impeded by limitations in teacher evaluation. It also draws on the notion of "standard of care," from the field of medicine, to note that advances in the understanding of subject matter, pedagogy, how students learn, and technology call for teachers to continually acquire new knowledge and to refine their instructional practices by participating in comprehensive professional development on a regular basis.

    Several new approaches to evaluating teachers hold promise for promoting the type of ongoing teacher learning and changes in instruction that would be associated with a professional standard of care in K-12 teaching.


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Common Core State Standards

This page provides the complete Common Core State Standards. The Common Core State Standards for Math, English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (“the Standards”) are the culmination of an extended, broad-based effort to fulfill the charge issued by the states to create the next generation of K–12 standards in order to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school.

The Federal Government and Teacher Evaluation

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