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Every Student Succeeds Act: What this means for teacher evaluations

By: Caroline Wynne Date: December 11, 2015

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Yesterday, President Obama signed an overhaul of No Child Left Behind called the Every Student Succeeds Act. This comes after the House of Representatives and Senate voted to pass the overhaul.

The original No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) emphasized standardized testing and consequences for states and schools that performed poorly. The law was widely considered a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to education.

The new Every Student Succeeds Act keeps some of the original policies, while shifting some power away from the federal government and back toward the states. The federal standardized testing schedule remains, but gives states the power to determine how to evaluate teachers and how to hold schools accountable for their performance.

States will no longer have to evaluate teachers in a way that takes student outcomes, such as test scores, into account. NCLB’s “highly qualified teacher” requirement is officially a thing of the past.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a key architect of the rewrite, expressed, that the new law “moves decisions about whether schools and teachers and students are succeeding or failing out of Washington, D.C., and back to states and communities and classroom teachers, where those decisions belong.”

With this education policy shifting back to the states, Truenorthlogic Evaluation is poised as the comprehensive solution to support state and district accountability. Truenorthlogic Evaluation is configurable to support any district processes and teaching and curriculum standards. Regardless of the performance measures in place for teachers, our solution drives continuous feedback to teachers, focusing on their personalized professional growth.

The new Every Student Succeeds Act includes language allowing for continued spending on the Teacher and School Leader Innovation Program, formerly the Teacher Incentive Fund. With the opportunity for school districts to receive grants to try out performance pay and other teacher-quality improvement measures, they’ll need a reliable, secure system.

Truenorthlogic Evaluation, designed to accurately and fairly measure educator effectiveness, integrated with Truenorthlogic PD, a professional development management system, gives teachers the tools they need to fine-tune their professional growth needs, and administrators the tools needed to track this important work.

We’re pleased that a bipartisan commitment was made to ensure high-quality education is a priority for every child.