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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 8

Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 8

Part D (2) of the Race to the Top application has to do with “improving teacher and principal effectiveness based on performance.”  This single section of the application is worth 58 points out of the 500 total points available, making it one of the most important sections in the entire applica ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 7
In a recent paper on Maine’s chances of winning a Race to the Top grant, I wrote that the “Great Teachers and Leaders” section of the RTT application was “real trouble for Maine.” “In fact,” I wrote, “it is hard to see how Maine would be eligible for more than a tiny fraction of the ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 6
Part C of the state’s Race to the Top application deals with the state’s data system, something that is a main focus of the Obama Administration's Race to the Top effort.  The thinking seems to be that schools and school districts need to become more data-driven, using information on student pe ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 2
Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part A(1)(iii): The state’s achievement goals and how stakeholder support "will translate into broad statewide impact."Yesterday, I briefly described the school reform vision that the Maine Department of Education lays out in the first part of its Race ...
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Maine’s Race to the Top application due today

Maine’s Race to the Top application due today

June 1 has arrived and applications for the second round of federal Race to the Top grants are due today, including Maine's.Not wanting to tip its hand, the state Department of Education has released few details about what the state's RTT application will say, with the only hints being contained a 1 ...
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A big week for education in Maine

A big week for education in Maine

I don't imagine most people even realized it, but there were two big developments this week in the world of K-12 education in Maine.The first, and bigger of the two, was the agreement by the LD 1799 stakeholder group to approve the use of student performance data in teacher evaluation systems which ...
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Live Blogging the LD 1799 Stakeholder group’s last (?) meeting before the May 14 deadline…
3:20pm. It doesn't seem as though this needed to be as hard as is turned out to be, but the A.G is happy and Maine's RTT application WILL go forward.Who gets the credit for a job well done?  The Department came in with a much more structured approach, which worked well, but it was the MEA's ...
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Our new report on the New Haven model

Our new report on the New Haven model

As I promised in my last post, we've just released a new Issue Brief report on the new teacher evaluation model that was developed by the New Haven, Connecticut, public school system.  I tried to squeeze as much as I could out of the few public documents that describe the model in any detail, and I ...
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New Haven teacher evaluation model may be salvation of stakeholder group
The infamous LD 1799 stakeholder group, which holds Maine's hopes for a Race to the Top grant in its hands, has now met twice. The first meeting was something of a disaster, accomplishing little and ending without the most basic questions - what the panel's mission was, what its process for approvin ...
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Reforming Teacher Pay in Maine – Part 1 How Alternative Teacher Compensation Systems are Improving Student Outcomes
Read the full report | The current effort to consolidate Maine’s many small school districts is the latest in a series of recent efforts to improve the state’s schools. During the past decade, Maine has enacted tougher learning standards, developed new assessment systems to test student achievem ...
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