Strengthening teacher and principal performance: New guide offers best practices

Pearson today released a new guide, “Evaluating Teachers and Principals: Developing Fair, Valid, and Reliable Systems.”
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Pearson today released a new guide, “Evaluating Teachers and Principals: Developing Fair, Valid, and Reliable Systems.” The guide aims to help policymakers, state board members, school district leaders, and other stakeholders as they design educator effectiveness systems that are fair, valid, and legally defensible.

Pearson’s guide walks education leaders through numerous steps necessary to engage stakeholders and build a strong policy framework for educator effectiveness systems. Steps include:

  • Defining the construct for what constitutes an effective educator
  • Deploying multiple indicators to reveal evidence that characterizes good teaching and school leadership
  • Building strong data analysis and reporting tools to reveal useful information about students, educators, and schools, including how they perform and how they can continually improve through targeted feedback and ongoing professional development

Developing fair and valid educator effectiveness systems is a focus of Pearson’s research and development agenda, which builds on years of experience working with states and national organizations, such as the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) to develop, deliver and score pre- and in-service educator assessments, teacher and leader rubrics, and evaluator training protocols.

Pearson invites education leaders to share their insights on the content of the guide as well as perspectives on the components of a successful educator effectiveness system at



New teachers sought for pilot testing

 Pearson announced today that it is recruiting teacher candidates and new teachers to participate in pilot tests for the NES® (National Evaluation SeriesT), its contemporary, teacher certification testing program.

New Interactive Guide From Pearson Research & Innovation Network Provides Insight Into Performance Assessments

Framework Offers Overview of Assessments and How They Support Student LearningWASHINGTON, D.C. – Aug. 28, 2013 — To support states and school districts in their efforts to ensure all students graduate prepared for success in college and careers, Pearson’s Research & Innovation Network today launched an online, interactive guide to strategies for leveraging performance assessments to measure 21st Century higher-order skills such as critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving.