Research Database

Vergara v. California Sporte, Susan, W. David Stevens, Kaleen Healey, Jennie Jiang and Holly Hart. “Teacher Evaluation in Practice: Implementing Chicago’s Reach Students.” The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (September, 2013).

Teacher Evaluations

This report focuses on the perceptions and experiences of teachers and administrators during the first year of REACH implementation, which was in many ways a particularly demanding year. These experiences can be helpful to CPS and to other districts across the country as they work to restructure and transform teacher evaluation.

Vergara v. California “Teacher Evaluation in Tennessee: A Report on Year 1 Implementation.” Tennessee Department of Education (July 2012).

Teacher Evaluations

This case study looks at the effectiveness of Tennessee’s recent policy change to become one of the first states in the country to implement a comprehensive, student outcomes-based, statewide educator evaluation system. It shows that The 2011-12 school year saw tremendous progress for public education in Tennessee, as measured by the most significant outcome: student achievement. Test scores improved, in aggregate, at a faster rate than any previously measured year. Furthermore, administrators have consistently noted that having school-wide value-added scores has led to increased collaboration among teachers and a higher emphasis on academic standards in all subjects.