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Teacher Effectiveness: The National Picture and Pennsylvania Context

This first-in-a-series issue brief poses questions and provides research-based answers on teacher evaluation systems – a top priority of legislators during the fall 2011 legislative session. It provides a summary of research and emerging practices in other states and districts designed to provide state lawmakers, legislative staff, State Board of Education members, Department of Education officials, and other key stakeholders information they need to ensure the effectiveness of their reform efforts in Pennsylvania.