Congress gets a lesson on teacher quality

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On Thursday, the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a hearing to explore ways to ensure teacher quality through improved evaluation systems, an idea we whole-heartedly agree with.  The committee heard from four witnesses: from the Superintendent of the Knox County Schools (TN), the Human Resources Officer for the Houston Independent School District, a French Teacher at Herron High School in Indianapolis and a representative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  

The testimony was overwhelmingly in favor of a multi-faceted approach to teacher evaluation systems, including student outcome measures, which could go a long way to ensuring teacher excellence.

It's great to see this issue getting even more of the attention it deserves.