A blog for the informed discussion of California's education policy challenges.

Jan 19th, 2011
David N Plank | 02:42 PM | Teachers

Alan’s post illuminates some of the critical but vexing questions that surround the evaluation of individual teachers, but it also casts light on the current policy controversy surrounding the question of what it means to be a “highly qualified” teacher.  The controversy has arisen in light of a recent act of Congress...

Jan 10th, 2011
Jennifer Imazeki | 03:40 PM | Teachers

Teacher tenure is one of those contentious issues that everyone seems to have an opinion about. Recently, Stephen Blum outlined many of the “positives, negatives, problems and some suggestions for tenure.” But one thing that complicates any debate over tenure is that there is virtually no...

Nov 5th, 2010
David N Plank | 08:49 AM | Teachers

Last week PACE and Pivot Learning Partners co-hosted a conference in southern California that focused on teacher evaluation.  The conference brought together teams of administrators, teachers, and union leaders from more than 30 school districts to discuss how to evaluate teachers’ performance in smarter, more effective ways.

The starting point for the discussion, of course, was the meaningless way in...