This toolkit provides teachers, mentors, coaches, and supervisors with the same common language and shared understanding of educator evaluation based on established criteria. These understandings shall provide specific language of student engagement, best teaching strategies, assessment, reflection, and fair, reliable, and valid evaluations.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
ASCD is a membership organization that develops programs, products, and services essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.
National Education Association (NEA)
NEA is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, committed to advancing the cause of public education.
The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality
TQ is dedicated to supporting state education leaders in their efforts to grow, respect, and support great teachers and leaders for all students.
Calder: Longitudinal Date in Education Research
This website informs education policy development through analyses of data on individual students and teachers over time.
This is a comprehensive list of resources, by state, for educator evaluation.
Teacher Plus is a magazine aimed primarily at the schoolteacher, and is a forum where teachers can raise their concerns, discuss ideas, and share and update their knowledge.
American Enterprise Institute (AEI):– The AEI is a community of scholars and supporters committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise. AEI pursues these unchanging ideals through independent thinking, open debate, reasoned argument, facts, and the highest standards of research and exposition. Without regard for politics or prevailing fashion, they dedicate work to a more prosperous, safer, and more democratic nation and world.
Part of the goal for the foundation is to offer excellence in education.
Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McRel)
McRel is a private, 501 (c)(3) education research and development corporation. Since 1966, when it was founded to turn knowledge about what works in education into practical guidance for educators, McRel has grown into an organization with more than 110 employees and a wide array of clients and contracts in nearly all 50 states and around the world. You’ll find experienced researchers and education consultants working together to provide educators with research-based, practical guidance on the issues and challenges facing K−16 education.
Bellwether Education Partners
A national nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the achievement of low-income students by cultivating, advising, and placing a robust community of innovative, effective, and sustainable change agents in public education reform and improving the policy climate for their work.
The federal government has strongly encouraged states to revamp teacher evaluation laws by making it mandatory to qualify for programs like Race to the Top, School Improvement Grants and No Child Left Behind waivers. States have embraced that idea of change in recent years.
Capitol Ideas – The council of state governments: http://www.csg.org/pubs/capitolideas/sept_oct_2012/teacherevaluations.aspx
Linking Teacher Evaluation to Professional Development: Focusing on Improving Teaching and Learning:
Darling-Hammond, L. (2010). Evaluating teacher effectiveness: How teacher performance assessments can measure and improve teaching. Washington, DC: Center for American Progress.
Darling-Hammond, L., Amrein-Beardsley, A., Haertel, E., & Rothstein, J. (2012). Evaluating teacher evaluation. Phi Delta Kappan, 93(6), 8–15.
Darling-Hammond, L., & Snyder, J. (2000). Authentic assessment of teaching in context. Teaching and Teacher Education, 16, 523–545.
Evergreen State College. (2012). Teacher performance assessment. Olympia, WA: Author. Retrieved from
Franco, M. S., & Hendricks, M. S. (2012). Evaluating teacher preparation programs: What not to do. New Foundations. Retrieved from
Goe, L., Holdheide, L., & Miller, T. (2011). A practical guide to designing comprehensive teacher evaluation systems. Washington, DC: National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality. Retrieved from
Sartain, L., Stoelinga, S. R., Brown, E., Luppescu, S., Matsko, K. K., Miller, F. K., et al. (2011, November). Rethinking teacher evaluation in Chicago: Lessons learned from classroom observations, principal-teacher conferences, and district implementation. Chicago: University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research. Retrieved from
Texas Education Agency. (n.d.). Educator preparation program candidate exit survey. Retrieved from
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Measures of Effective Teaching Project Releases Final Research Report:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Ensuring Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching:
Marzano Research Laboratory–Becoming a Reflective Teacher
Just as successful athletes must identify strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and engage in focused practice to meet their goals, so must teachers. Learn how to combine a model of effective instruction with goal setting, focused practice, focused feedback, and observations to improve your instructional practices. Included are 280 strategies related to the 41 elements of effective teaching shown to enhance student achievement.
An NEA Toolkit
What Should Teacher Evaluations Look Like?
Long governed largely by inertia and school convention, teacher evaluation has recently become a focal point of education reform.
SOCRATES FAILS TEACHER EVALUATION
This valued test is the ultimate prize demonstrating not only the achievement of students, but also serves as the one key evaluation of the teacher.
Value-Added Teacher Evaluation
This is data and thoughts on public and private school funding in the U.S.
The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and why it is nonsense
This is a letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores, which has been signed by more than 1,500 New York principals and more than 5,400 teachers, parents, professors, administrators, and citizens.
A Valid Way to Use ‘Value Added’ in Teacher Evaluation
A new approach on whether and how value-added models for teacher evaluation, which use student standardized test scores to assess teachers, only becomes more controversial in education as time goes on.
Diane Ravitch’s blog – Teacher Evaluations
The fundamental flaws of ‘value added’ teacher evaluation.
Evaluating teachers by the test scores of their students has been perhaps the most controversial education reform of the year.
Living in Dialogue
This is a dialogue on education reform and teaching for change and deep learning.
Education Week Teacher
The hangover: Thinking about the unintended consequences of the nation’s teacher evaluation binge
Over the past 3 years, more than 20 states have passed legislation establishing new teacher evaluation requirements and systems.http://www.aei.org/paper/education/k-12/teacher-policies/the-hangover-thinking-about-the-unintended-consequences-of-the-nations-teacher-evaluation-binge/