New Reports Challenge States to Commit to Bold Teacher-Effectiveness Reforms

The Education Trust and The New Teacher Project

The Education Trust and The New Teacher Project (TNTP) today released two reports challenging states to focus on bold reforms to increase teacher effectiveness in their applications for federal “Race to the Top” funding.

Fighting for Quality and Equality, Too, by The Education Trust and How Bold is “Bold”?, by TNTP, outline strategies for ending educational inequity by building a highly effective teacher workforce. The reports include practical strategies for measuring teacher effectiveness, providing all teachers with the support they need to improve, increasing the number of effective teachers for low-income and minority children, retaining effective teachers, and removing those who are persistently ineffective.

The reports come as the Department of Education prepares to issue final guidance on Race to the Top and as states begin to put together their Phase 1 applications.

“For Race to the Top to produce the kind of excellence in education that the administration seeks—to truly live up to its billing as education reform’s ‘moon shot’—state plans must focus squarely on equity from the beginning,” said Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust. “Proposals that simply aim to improve the overall teaching force are likely to miss the mark for low-income kids and kids of color. But if federal and state leaders commit to investing resources and energy wisely, they don’t have to choose between equity and excellence.”

“This is a race ‘to the top,’ not a race to the starting line,” said Tim Daly, president of The New Teacher Project. “Applications that seek progress in isolated policy areas or that simply meet the minimum Race to the Top requirements will not be competitive, nor will they lead to the kind of transformative change our country needs. These guides provide blueprints for a bold, coherent teacher effectiveness agenda and will help states take full advantage of the once-in-a-generation opportunity that Race to the Top represents.”

About The Education Trust

The Education Trust promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college. We work alongside parents, educators, and community and business leaders across the country in transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analysis, shape our state and national policy agendas. Our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people—especially those who are black, Latino, American Indian, or from low-income families—to lives on the margins of the American mainstream. For more information, visit

Imali Ariyarathne, seventh-grade teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, stands in front of her students while introducing them to the captivating world of science

Imali Ariyarathne, seventh-grade teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, introduces her students to the captivating world of science.

About TNTP

TNTP is the nation’s leading research, policy, and consulting organization dedicated to transforming America’s public education system, so that every generation thrives.

Today, we work side-by-side with educators, system leaders, and communities across 39 states and over 6,000 districts nationwide to reach ambitious goals for student success.

Yet the possibilities we imagine push far beyond the walls of school and the education field alone. We are catalyzing a movement across sectors to create multiple pathways for young people to achieve academic, economic, and social mobility.

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