USDE: List of States Making RTTT-Related Changes
STANDARDS . 48 states and the District of Columbia have joined a national partnership led by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to develop a common core of new, rigorous college and career-ready standards in reading and math.
CHARTERS Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Utah, New York, and Tennessee have all altered laws or policies to create or expand the number of charter schools.Kentucky, Mississippi, and Idaho are considering similar legislation to create or expand the number of charter schools. South Dakota has created legislation allowing for the creation of a pilot Native American charter school if it receives a federal grant to do so.
TEACHER QUALITY California, Wisconsin, Nevada, Maine, and Indiana have enacted legislation removing the firewall between student achievement and teacher evaluations. Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Louisiana, Delaware, Tennessee, Illinois,New York, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Ohio have enacted legislation that requires student achievement data to be used in teacher evaluation or tenure decisions. Minnesota and Indiana are considering similar legislation. Washingtonhas passed legislation to explore the use of student data performance in teacher evaluations.
NOTABLE TEACHER CONTRACTS In Washington, D.C., Michelle A. Rhee and the Washington Teachers' Union have reached tentative agreement (4/7/10) on a new contract that would increase teacher salaries by more than 20% over 5 years thanks to private foundation donations. The agreement includes a voluntary pay-for-performance program that will allow teachers to earn annual bonuses for student growth on standardized tests and other measures of academic success, among other agreements. In Detroit, Michigan, the school district has forged a new model for teacher compensation that rewards successful performance, and the district has established “priority schools” to identify and turn-around struggling schools. New Haven, CT ratified a new four-year contract for its teachers, including a new teacher evaluation system that considers student learning gains in the assessment of teacher performance and that identifies and provides interventions for struggling teachers through a peer-assistance and review program .
COLLEGES OF EDUCATION Florida, Colorado, and Tennessee are moving to join Louisiana as the only other states in the nation that will commit to evaluating the success of their teacher preparation programs by tracking the impact of recent graduates in the classroom.