Beyond Ratings? ESSA and What's Next for State Teacher Evaluation Systems

Monday, March 7, Beyond Ratings? ESSA and What's Next for State Teacher Evaluation Systems

 The recent enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) ends the strongest federal incentives for states to continue their recent work to develop new teacher evaluation systems. Still, the law explicitly allows states to invest federal dollars in evaluation systems that provide teachers with "useful and timely feedback" and "inform decision-making about professional development."

How will this scenario play out for the evaluation systems states have already worked to put in place? Will states walk back from their current evaluation efforts, given the pushback some have received for being too focused on rating teachers and not enough on supporting their improvement? Or will states stay the course and make system adjustments-minor or major-to ensure a greater focus on teachers' professional growth? 

Join New America's Education Policy Program for a panel discussion about states' teacher evaluation efforts to date, and predictions for their future within the context of ESSA. To tee up this discussion, New America's Kaylan Connally and Melissa Tooley will share findings and recommendations from their new report, Beyond Ratings, to be released at the event. One key takeaway is that states have generally failed to harness evaluation systems' full potential for helping teachers improve. However, the report also highlights several states-including Tennessee and Delaware-that offer useful insights into shifting these systems further toward support, and provides additional steps states can take to achieve this goal.


Opening Remarks
Kevin Carey, Director, Education Policy Program, New America
Chris Minnich, Executive Director of the Council for Chief State School Officers

Melissa Tooley, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program, New America
Kaylan Connally, Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program, New America

--Paul Fleming, Interim Assistant Commissioner and Executive Director of Leader Effectiveness, Tennessee Department of Education
--Laura Schneider, Special Assistant, Educator Evaluation, Delaware Department of Education
--Daniel Weisberg, CEO, TNTP
Moderator: Stephen Sawchuk, Associate Editor, Education Week
To be held from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST at New America,  
740 15th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005 

Washington, D.C.
Event Time: 
March 2016