Tying teacher evaluations to the Common Core State Standards will require significant change. But we must not delay or derail national efforts to make student learning a bigger factor in teacher evaluations and ensure the new standards are taken seriously.
We have radically evolved the way we train and evaluate new teachers over the last few years, becoming one of the first organizations to certify them based mainly on their actual performance in the classroom. Now we're sharing what we learned in a new report.
Changing policy is hard. Even when you finally get the policy changes you want, implementing them so they produce their intended effects is even harder. That’s the challenge in Memphis now, after a decade of hard work and a new, groundbreaking set of human capital policies.