Two recent reports from Network partners examine successful state efforts to strengthen the teaching profession, including multiple statewide reforms in Tennessee, and effective implementation of teacher evaluation systems in four districts and two states.
In Scaling Reform: Tennessee’s Statewide Teacher Transformation, FutureEd highlights important lessons for other states seeking to leverage statewide improvements. In particular, FutureEd recognizes Tennessee’s work to build “a clear and consistent vision with a diverse coalition around higher expectations for students and teachers,” including the valuable contributions of Network member Tennessee SCORE, which helped serve as both a proponent of the changes and a critical friend to the Tennessee Department of Education. Other key practices included prioritizing the capacity of teachers and teacher leaders, and effectively tapping into educator networks in order to build capacity across the state. Explore the full report here.
During the last decade, the successful development and implementation of teacher evaluation systems has been a key challenge for many states and districts. In Making a Difference: Six Places Where Teacher Evaluation Systems are Getting Results, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) points to six examples of evaluation systems that “are distinguishing among teachers of varying quality and are delivering the changes initially sought by districts and states across the nation.” Click here to explore a detailed report of systems in Dallas, Denver, the District of Columbia, Newark, New Mexico, and Tennessee; as well as an analysis of the practices each has in common.