The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced four states and territories – Colorado, Guam, Nevada, and North Carolina – have been selected to participate in the State Strategies to Evaluate Teacher Effectiveness Policy Academy.
Teacher effectiveness has long been a priority for governors. They have worked with other state leaders to redesign evaluation systems so they can more constructively assess teacher knowledge and drive performance management decisions such as compensation, professional development and retention. Improved evaluation systems could also provide critical information for decisions about pay, and also potentially for teacher tenure and assignment.
This Policy Academy will allow participating states to assemble leadership teams of governors advisors, chief state school officers, district and union leaders to develop and plan for the implementation of new statewide teacher evaluation policies. States will receive in-depth technical assistance from NGA and its partners, including two policy academy meetings that will pair state leadership teams with leading national experts to develop and plan to implement rigorous teacher evaluation strategies. The Policy Academy will also promote the use of evaluation results to manage and improve performance.
“The ability of states to identify effective teaching and connect these results to key staffing decisions is critical to ensuring teacher quality,” said Dane Linn, director of the NGA Center’s Education Division. “This grant program will help states build consensus and understanding among policymakers and key stakeholders about the need to systematically improve teacher evaluation and performance management systems.”
This grant program is made possible through generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices.
For more information, please visit www.nga.org/cms/center/edu