This report, one in a series to be released by the Accomplished California Teachers (ACT) forum, examines teacher evaluation. ACT believes that without a common understanding of what constitutes teaching quality and how teachers should be evaluated, any further conversation about improving teaching will be inconsequential. The recommendations in this report are drawn from research, analysis of existing policies, input from academic experts, and experiences as promoters of quality teaching. This report offers recommendations on making teacher evaluation a more useful tool to advance the quality of teaching across California.
The Accomplished California Teachers forum was established in January, 2008 by the National Board Resource Center at Stanford with funding from the Stuart Foundation. ACT membership is open to National Board Certified Teachers and other accomplished teachers who wish to contribute to conversations about initiatives that advance quality teaching in California. Its primary mission is to give policymakers and the public ways to learn the views of skilled practitioners about the issues that will build and enhance the quality of the teacher workforce in the state. Teachers who wish to become part of ACT must be willing to contribute to ACT’s work in conversations and/or preparing reports about policies that affect teaching quality and to designing future work to build the influence of the organization in the state.