What's amazing about this project is the courage of all parties involved. Submitting oneself to an honest-to-goodness test of efficacy always involves the possibility for failure. Nevertheless, both the Ohio Partnership for Accountability and the state's two big teachers unions (OFT and OEA) have decided that it's worth the risk to learn what makes an effective teacher that can improve student achievement.
As Thomas Lasley, dean of the University of Dayton's School of Education and co-chair of the partnership said, "What a group of us deans said was, 'We're willing to take the challenge.' "We've got tons of graduates but no mechanism to assess the relative effectiveness of those teachers." Such candor is remarkable, refreshing, and rare.