Hope Street Group Teachers Ask President Obama for Bold Changes in Teacher Evaluation

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Teachers Push for Student Achievement Gains to be Major Component of Evaluations

Teachers from Hope Street Group hand-delivered a set of recommendations to the President today that include making student achievement gains a major component of teacher evaluation systems. The teachers attended President Obama’s policy address at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia.

Leaders of Hope Street Group’s national teacher network – led by practitioners Doug Clark, Lisa Mills, Darcy Moody, Dina Rock and Sam Roe – applauded the President’s call for Congress to expand the Race to the Top program, including opening up the competition to school districts.

“Hope Street Group fully supports the President’s proposal to expand Race to the Top to school districts – including rural districts – that want to lead the way in adopting bold reforms. We encourage lawmakers to reach out to teachers in Race to the Top states for valuable insights that should be considered in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act,” said Monique Nadeau, President and CEO of Hope Street Group.

Hope Street Group is partnering with several states - including four of the Race to the Top winners - to facilitate teacher participation in the development of better teacher evaluation systems. Race to the Top has been a critical lever for improving the nation’s schools and increasing our competitive edge in the global economy.

Hope Street Group’s education agenda is driven by the national teacher network’s recommendations found in “Policy 2.0: Using Open Innovation to Reform Teacher Evaluation Systems.” The teachers’ recommendations include the following:

  • Including objective measures of student achievement gains as a major component of teacher evaluations;
  • Ensuring that information from teacher evaluations is comparable across schools and districts, and is used to address equity in the distribution of teaching talent;
  • Ensuring that evaluators are instructional leaders who have sufficient expertise, training and capacity;
  • Differentiating levels of teaching efficacy to identify opportunities for professional growth and to drive rewards and consequences.

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