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Document Number: 10453

Teacher Quality 2.0: The Hangover: Thinking about the Unintended Consequences of the Nation's Teacher Evaluation Binge - Over the past three years, numerous states have passed legislation establishing new teacher evaluation requirements and systems. These efforts can provide significant benefits, but there are pitfalls in states’ rush to legislate new systems, and there are real tensions and trade-offs in their design. This paper argues that much of the current policy debate has been framed in stark ideological terms that leave little room for adult discussion of these tensions. The paper seeks to move the debate beyond ideology and technical issues by highlighting four key tensions that policymakers, advocates, and educators must consider in the development of new teacher evaluations and offers several policy recommendations. (American Enterprise Institute, September 2012)...


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