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Midwestern states revamp teacher evaluations; Duncan talks education, technology


Illinois is not alone in the recent changes it has made to teacher evaluations. Several other Midwestern states are taking similar steps, reports the Catalyst Chicago. But a new analysis by nonprofit education consulting group Learning Point Associates has found that “most of the states do not have a cohesive, intentional system for developing, recruiting and retaining effective teachers and school leaders.” States do not invest much time or effort assessing their programs’ results, the analysis found, and supports for principal recruitment and retention lag behind those for teachers. “Although six of the seven states have established standards for principals, the number and scope of policies aimed at improving the quality of school leadership is limited…  there are few initiatives aimed at improving the recruitment, hiring, induction, working conditions, or compensation for principals despite evidence that these factors strongly influence decisions to become school leaders,” the group said in a news release…

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