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Document Number: 10724

Leap Year: Assessing and Supporting Effective First-Year Teachers - A teacher’s first year shouldn’t be a “warm-up lap,” but a time to provide feedback, encourage emerging strengths, and make assessments about whether teaching will be a career or considering a different profession is in order. A paper from TNTP emphasizes the first year’s importance and describes its first-year teacher evaluation system, Assessment of Classroom Effectiveness (ACE). Using classroom observations, student surveys, student academic growth data and principal ratings ACE begins to “make teacher certification decisions based on classroom performance and growth, instead of paper qualifications and coursework,” according to the authors year. This paper includes recommendations for policymakers. (Jennifer Mulhern and Erin Grogran, TNTP, 2013)...

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