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An Ocean of Unknowns

A Discussion about the Risks and Opportunities in Using Student Achievement Data to Evaluate PreK-3rd Grade Teachers
Few things can be more polarizing than basing teachers' evaluations on their students' achievement. It sounds logical: Teachers should be accountable for what their students have – or have not – learned. But incorporating achievement data into teacher ratings is complicated, especially in the early grades of elementary schools when students typically do not take state standardized tests. With nudges from the federal government through programs like Race to the Top and flexibility waivers from No Child Left Behind, nearly every state is revamping its teacher evaluation system to include student achievement data as a significant factor of a teacher’s rating. Across the country, experiments abound as states and school districts struggle to find sound approaches to measure young students’ achievement for the purposes of teacher evaluation.
New America’s Education Policy Program recently released a paper, by Senior Policy Analyst Laura Bornfreund, exploring the approaches being used to include student achievement data in PreK-3rd grade teachers’ evaluations. Please join us for an expert panel who will discuss the opportunities and risks Bornfreund illuminates in her paper.
Join the conversation online by tweeting @NewAmericaEd with #teacherevals. 


Kevin Carey 
Director, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation

Presentation on “An Ocean of Unknowns”
Laura Bornfreund
Senior Policy Analyst, Early Education Initiative, New America Foundation

Sandi Jacobs
Vice President and Managing Director for State Policy, National Council on Teacher Quality

Andrew Krugly
Director of Education, Educare Learning Network/Ounce of Prevention Fund
Former Elementary School Principal in Evanston, Illinois

Kate McMahon
Director, IMPACT, Washington, DC Public Schools

Thomas Schultz
Program Director for Early Childhood Initiatives, The Council of Chief State School Officers

Lisa Guernsey
Director, Early Education Initiative, New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 10:00am - 11:30am
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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