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Teacher Quality
WestEd | Policy Report | May 11, 2020
Finding the Teachers We Need
By Frederick M. Hess, Andrew J. Rotherham, and Kate Walsh
Governors and legislators will not meet the teacher quality challenge by fine-tuning current arrangements or by pushing more funding into teacher preparation or professional development. More creative and far-reaching solutions are required.

PPI | Policy Report | April 19, 2020
Lifting Teacher Performance
By Andrew Leigh and Sara Mead
Research increasingly demonstrates what common sense has long made apparent to educators and parents: Teacher quality matters -- a lot.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 25, 2020
Grading Teachers
By Andrew Rotherham
It is our hope that the empirical evidence and the strategies for reform in "A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom?" will help policymakers tackle this daunting challenge.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 25, 2020
Teacher Incentives
By Sen. Tom Carper
John Kerry has proposed an innovative plan to pay teachers more, but ask more of them in return, and to reward teachers for teaching in the schools and subjects where we need them most.

PPI | Policy Report | March 30, 2020
Opportunity and Responsibility for National Board Certified Teachers
By Andrew J. Rotherham
States must ensure that salary bonuses and differentials for National Board Certified Teachers are related to broader state and national policy goals.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | March 23, 2020
Help Wanted
By Andrew J. Rotherham and Jessica Levin
Urban school districts need quality teachers, but hiring policies make it too difficult to land top talent.

PPI | Event | October 24, 2020
A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom: Appraising Old Answers and New Ideas
This conference features new empirical research on the nature of teacher training, an analysis of the political and policy landscape, and new models for tackling the need for outstanding teachers.

Holyrood Magazine | Article | June 10, 2020
Money Matters
By Andrew J. Rotherham
Rigid salary schedules, based on academic degrees and years of service, are unfair to many talented teachers and have a pernicious impact on poor students. To attract teachers to subjects and schools where their expertise is in demand, we must pay them better, not only compared with jobs in other professions, but also compared with teaching jobs in more affluent schools and subject areas where there is no shortage.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 15, 2020
The Wrong Teacher Shortage
By Andrew J. Rotherham
There is no national teacher shortage except in poor schools and high-need subject areas.

PPI | Policy Report | January 31, 2021
A License to Lead?: A New Leadership Agenda for America's Schools
By Frederick M. Hess
Today, the New Leadership Agenda seems the sensible way to provide teachers and students with the qualified, committed, and accountable leaders they deserve, and to provide school leaders with the respect and professional opportunities they merit.

DLC | New Dem Daily | November 22, 2020
Idea of the Week: An Academy for Second-Career Teachers
A teacher shortage has reached crisis proportions in inner city schools. A common idea to address the problem has been to encourage talented people to make a mid-career switch into the teaching profession. Now a new program in Chicago aims to grease the wheels of that process.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 25, 2020
Teachers Taking Ownership
By Sen. Tom Carper
Tight housing markets can yield teacher shortages, but some areas have found ways to ease both.

PPI | Policy Report | May 29, 2020
Better Pay for Better Teaching
By Bryan C. Hassel
We should reward teachers not just for experience, but for the skills, knowledge, and, ultimately, the performance they bring into their classrooms.

PPI | Policy Report | November 27, 2020
Tear Down This Wall: The Case for a Radical Overhaul of Teacher Certification
By Frederick M. Hess
At the end of the day, the individuals best equipped to carefully assess the qualifications of prospective teachers are the principals who will be responsible for them.

The Wall Street Journal | Editorial | July 19, 2020
Teachers Union Flunks a Test
By Andrew Rotherham
Poor and minority students are the ones to suffer from the lack of common, verifiable standards. They are the ones that the NEA ought to be -- but apparently isn't -- concerned about.

DLC | The New Democrat | August 1, 2020
Cincinnati School Board Approves Performance-Based Pay for Teachers
This September, teachers in Cincinnati will vote on a performance-based-pay plan unanimously approved by the city school board in May. If approved by the union, the plan would become the first of its kind in the nation.

Chicago Tribune | Editorial | July 11, 2020
Don't Worry, Performance Pay is Coming
By Andrew Rotherham
The rejection Wednesday by the nation's largest teachers union, the National Education Association, of even tepid experiments with performance-based pay initiatives shouldn't cause too much worry for those concerned about education reform. Here's why.

DLC | New Dem Daily | July 7, 2020
NEA Rejects Performance Pay
The excuses offered for this disappointing action are familiar and largely pointless: states and school boards could theoretically use merit-based pay to cut teacher salaries or use the wrong performance measurements. It's always possible, of course, to implement a good idea the wrong way, but that's no reason to reject the idea itself.

DLC | New Dem Daily | May 22, 2020
Idea of the Week: A Teacher Career Ladder Based On Merit
At the center of today's Knowledge Economy, teachers are stuck on yesterday's Industrial Age career ladder. And yet we wonder why bright, talented young Americans are disinclined to become teachers.

DLC | New Dem Daily | March 20, 2020
Idea of the Week: Homes for Inner-City Teachers
Luring qualified teachers into public schools in low-to-moderate neighborhoods is not all we need to do to turn around under-performing schools, but every little bit helps. So a new HUD program will make surplus housing available to teachers at 50% discounts with very low down payments.

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