ASSESSMENT ADVISOR
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The NEA encourages its members to use Assessment Advisor to rate the assessments they’ve used in their classrooms! 4,000 teachers in 40 states have checked out the site so far. Have you?

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MUST READS

Survey: Today’s teaching force is less experienced, more open to change
By Jackie Mader
Hechinger Report, October 23, 2012

Teacher-Leader Corps Helps Turn Around Schools
By Stephen Sawchuck
Education Week, April 20, 2011

New Teachers are the New Majority 
By Celine Coggins & Heather Peske
Education Week, January 19, 2011

Lesson Plan in Boston Schools: Don’t Go It Alone
By Mike Winerip
New York Times, August 8, 2010

 

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Closing the Gap: Progress Over Two Years in T3 Schools

December 10, 2012
Students in lowest-performing Boston schools are closing the achievement gap compared to their peers in the district and statewide. Read more.

Superintendent Discusses Benefits of T3 In Fall River

March 14, 2011
Superintendent of Fall River Public Schools Meg Mayo-Brown talks with WSAR’s Barry Richards about the district’s partnership with Teach Plus, and how T3’s focus on teacher leadership aligns with the district’s goals for rapid acceleration of student achievement. The T3 conversation is the second interview in the show. Start the podcast at 34:10. Listen here.

Teacher-Leader Corps Helps Turn Around Schools

By Stephen Sawchuk, Education Week, April 20, 2011
It’s hard to imagine two schools superficially more different from each other than Blackstone Elementary, with its labyrinthine 1970s layout, and Orchard Gardens K-8 School, which opened in 2003, with its modern skylights and cheery primary-color accents. But they were similar in the way that matters most in young lives: Both Boston schools were among the poorest-performing in Massachusetts. read more»

Boston Mayor highlights success of T3

From the Desk of Thomas M. Menino, January 17, 2011
One year ago this week, Massachusetts took a major step closer to our goal of providing every child with a first-rate education. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day last year, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the Achievement Gap Act – a landmark education reform bill passed by the State legislature. I was proud to work closely with the Boston delegation, the Boston School Committee, Superintendent Carol Johnson, and other local leaders to ensure its passage. read more»


First-grader on the right path with strong instruction

By Lisa Larson, Boston Herald, December 19, 2010
Her teacher calls her the “perfect student,’’ and that sure swells Michelle Jacks with pride, especially since the vibrant 7-year-old had never stepped into a class before entering Doris Venditti’s first-grade room in September. read more»

Turnarounds Provide a Lesson in Education Reform

By Lisa Larson, Boston Herald, December 19, 2010
There was nothing funny about the cacophony of laughter and jeers that shocked assistant principal Camille Young after she told an assembly of eighth-graders how excited she was to work at Orchard Gardens K-8 School. read more»

School on the mend

By James Vaznis, The Boston Globe, September 9, 2010
The wiry third-grader thrust his arm into the air, eager to ask a question of Blackstone Elementary School’s new principal on the first day of classes yesterday. “What is metamorphosis?” asked the boy, who proudly called himself a budding scientist. read more»

In The South End, A ‘Last-Ditch Effort’ To Save A School

By Bianca Vazquez Toness, WBUR, September 7, 2010
BOSTON — An important experiment is underway this school year at some of the state’s lowest performing schools. The state has given the city unprecedented authority to essentially push the “restart button:” the students will largely be the same, but new teachers and principals are meant to bring new energy and ideas into the classroom. A lot is at stake as these public schools try to prove they can educate poor students. read more»

Lesson Plan in Boston Schools: Don’t Go It Alone

By Mike Winerip, New York Times, August 9, 2010
Earlier this year Massachusetts enacted a law that allowed districts to remove at least half the teachers and the principal at their lowest-performing schools. The school turnaround legislation aligned the state with the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program incentives and a chance to collect a piece of the $3.4 billion in federal grant money. read more»

New Teacher Distribution Methods Hold Promise

By Stephen Sawchuk, Education Week, June 10, 2010
With effective teaching a top policy priority, certain school districts, the federal government, and nonprofit groups are renewing efforts to pilot and study strategies for pairing effective teachers with students in low-performing, high-poverty schools. read more»

Mass. hunting for star teachers

By James Vaznis, The Boston Globe, May 10, 2010
State education officials plan to announce today an aggressive campaign to recruit hundreds of successful teachers to work in underperforming schools in Boston and eight other troubled school districts, in hopes those teachers can spark a turnaround. read more»

Supporting America’s Educators: The Importance of Quality Teachers and Leaders

U.S. House Education and Labor Committee, 2:00 PM, May 4, 2010
Teach Plus invited to testify before the U.S. Congress on T3. Read and watch the testimony of Teach Plus President, Monique Burns Thompson. read» watch»

Meet the new boss: Stephen Zrike

Brandon Simes, South End News, Apr 28, 2010
Because of serially low MCAS scores, the South End’s William Blackstone Elementary was named as one of 14 "turnaround" schools in the Boston Public Schools (BPS) system last winter. read more»

Ready for the Next Challenge

Read the report by teachers that sparked the creation of T3. read more»

Teacher Test

Michael Jonas, CommonWealth Magazine, October 2009
Identifying effective teachers is vital to improving schools. So why do we act as if all teachers are interchangeable? read more»

Turnaround Schools

About Department of Elementary and Secondary Education "Level 4" Schools
On March 4, 2010, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released its list of “Level 4” Schools, which are schools that have been designated by the state as significantly underperforming over several years. Twelve Boston Public Schools are among the 35 schools statewide designated as "Level 4." read more»