Liana Heitin -- In an encore to American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten's speech in New York City this week, in which she called for a moratorium on high stakes linked to common-core testing, the union released the results of a poll on how members perceive the new standards.
Three-quarters of public school teachers surveyed support the Common Core State Standards, yet just 27 percent said their district has provided them with the tools and resources necessary to teach the standards, according to the results of a poll released by the American Federation of Teachers today.
Catherine Gewertz -- The two national teachers' unions have won $11 million to build an online warehouse of instructional tools for the Common Core State Standards. Student Achievement Partners, whose founders led the writing of the standards, is also a grantee. It will work with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association and their teachers to build the tools and post them on Student Achievement Partners' website.
"What we’re looking to build is a way to capture that performance and score whether or not that teacher is doing a good job in the classroom before they get into their own,” said Hap Hairston, director of educator preparation for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. “Are we getting the right people to go into teaching, and are you developing them with what they need to teach?”
Jay Mathews -- Teachers appear to be changing their minds about how they should be hired, assessed, paid and dismissed. This merits attention because we cannot have good schools if teachers are not happy with their compensation and working conditions.
Ilana Garon -- This week the American Federation of Teachers, our national union, proposed a new tool in teacher evaluation: a sort of "bar exam" for teaching that would be required for anyone entering the profession.
Schoolteachers should have to pass a stringent exam — much like the bar exam for lawyers — before being allowed to enter the profession, one of the nation's largest teachers unions said Monday.
The American Federation of Teachers called for a tough new written test to be complimented by stricter entrance requirements for teacher training programs, such as a minimum grade point average.
Randi Weingarten & Dan Domenech -- We believe that governors in several states have taken a misguided approach to teacher quality -- they're enacting legislation that would give teachers much less, or no, input into how they are evaluated, how to support or dismiss struggling teachers, and how to make other changes that improve student achievement. In essence, they want teachers mostly to be seen and not heard. That's not the route to great teaching and learning.