Eleven states will receive flexibility under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act in exchange for their commitment to raise standards, improve accountability, and undertake essential reforms to improve teacher effectiveness.
A TIME FOR DEEPER LEARNING: New Alliance Brief Says Deeper Learning Is Imperative for All Students ArticleMay 31, 2011
Policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels should support the concepts of “deeper learning” to help all students meet higher expectations and be prepared for college and a career,
SAVE THE DATES: Upcoming Alliance Webinars on Homeless Students, MetLife Teacher Survey, and International Education Lessons ArticleMarch 22, 2011
Over the next week, the Alliance for Excellent Education will hold three interactive webinars.
TEACHER AND LEADER EFFECTIVENESS: New Alliance Report Outlines International Lessons from Finland, Ontario, and Singapore ArticleMarch 22, 2011
High-performing education systems around the world provide valuable lessons for the United States as policymakers and educators seek to develop systems to improve teacher and school leader effectiveness in this country.
STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESSES 2011: Governors Recognize the Importance of Investments in Education ArticleJanuary 24, 2011
Despite tough budget times, many governors have prioritized K–12 education in their state of the state addresses.
EVALUATING TEACHER EFFECTIVENESS: New Report Examines How Teacher Assessments Can Be Reliable Indicators of Teacher Success ArticleNovember 01, 2010
A new report from the Center for American Progress argues that the nation lacks a practical set of standards and assessments to determine that teachers—especially those who are new to the profession—are well prepared and ready to teach.
CLOSING THE TALENT GAP: New McKinsey Report Outlines Strategy for Attracting and Retaining “Top-Third” College Students in Teaching Field ArticleOctober 18, 2010
Top-performing countries in education recruit 100 percent of their teacher corps from the top third of the academic cohort.
On July 17, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released new model core teaching standards for public comment. Unlike the original teacher standards, which focused on the assessment and support of beginning teachers, the new core teaching standards are standards of professional practice for all teachers.
CALL FOR ACTION: Strengthening Teacher Human Capital System Is Key to Graduating All Students Prepared for College and Careers, Says Alliance Brief ArticleSeptember 07, 2010
This is a critical time for expanding the current discussion on teacher evaluation systems beyond simply focusing on identifying “good” and “bad” teachers for purposes of reward or dismissal, according to Call for Action: Transforming Teaching and Learning to Prepare High School Students for College and Careers, a new policy brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education.
LEARNING FROM LEADERSHIP: New Report Finds Effective School Leadership Is Strongly Connected to Student Achievement ArticleJuly 26, 2010
A recent report from the Wallace Foundation presents new evidence confirming that strong school leadership, particularly in principals, is positively linked to student achievement.