Strengthening Educator Effectiveness

The Need

States and districts in the region are placing increased emphasis on the importance of effective teachers and school leaders to close achievement gaps. Pressure to ensure that all educators are highly effective and equitably distributed across schools has been mounting at the same time that budget cuts have forced layoffs and reductions in professional development and support for teachers and school leaders.

All four states in the West Region either already have or are developing requirements to include student achievement measures in educator evaluation systems. Yet these states have not yet implemented systems that accurately determine how individual teachers contribute to student gains nor yet developed multiple performance measures of teacher effectiveness, such as valid, reliable classroom observation tools.

Performance measures and support for school principals is also a pressing concern. States and districts are looking to develop training, professional development, compensation, and other supports to ensure an adequate supply of effective educators.

Our Work

Two REL West research alliances are exploring strategies to support educator effectiveness. They are developing and testing multiple measures of educator effectiveness, as well as assessing the impact that new evaluation systems have on educator practices, attitudes, and career decisions.

We are striving to learn more about how other talent management strategies, ongoing professional support, and school assignments might support effective teaching.