Improving the Effectiveness of California’s Teaching Force

On Wednesday, The Sacramento Bee published an opinion piece by Steve Westly that outlined suggestions for improving the effectiveness of California’s teaching force. In particular, Westly suggests expanding alternative certification programs, improving outreach to college graduates, and utilizing funding and other incentives to attract STEM teachers, particularly in low-income communities.  Westly also […continue]

A Positive IMPACT on Student Success

For Education Next, Thomas S. Dee and James Wyckoff examined the consequences of IMPACT, an effort by the District of Colombia Public Schools (DCPS) to set standards for high-quality instruction and retain and reward teachers based on their individual performance assessment. The researchers found that, under IMPACT, DCPS saw dramatic improvements in […continue]