What the U.S. can learn about improving teacher effectiveness


The report includes promising news about U.S. education programs, such as the Race to the Top program and ED’s efforts to raise awareness about the teaching profession and attract and retain more teachers.

“However, as promising as they are, these efforts do not yet add up to a comprehensive system in most communities. While some states view teacher development systemically, others do not, and many of the initiatives tackle the issue in a piecemeal fashion,” the authors said. “Few states or districts have created a seamless, well-supported pipeline to school leadership positions. As the examples from high-performing nations show, only a systemic approach will ensure that all schools and classrooms are staffed by highly effective leaders and teachers.”

In addition to an overview chapter that summarizes these lessons and shows how each system carries them out, the report also includes detailed descriptions of teacher- and leader-effectiveness policies from the education systems in Finland, Ontario, and Singapore. Those descriptions were written by leading researchers in each of the jurisdictions.

In tandem with the report, the Alliance for Excellent Education also released an issue brief that includes a version of the report’s overview chapter.

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