Research-Based Options for Education Policy Making, by William Mathis, is a 10-part brief that takes up important policy issues and identifies policies supported by research. Each section focuses on a different issue, and its recommendations for policymakers are based on the latest scholarship.
This brief was written based upon a research study conducted in 2008 by National Comprehensive Center for Teaching Quality, which is a collaborative effort of the Education Commission of the States, Educational Testing Systems (ETS), Vanderbilt University, and Learning Point Associates. The brief reports a link between the quality of teacher evaluation and student learning. The study was funded by the US Department of Education.
Dr. Marzano's Teacher Evaluation Model
Dr. Marzano's teacher evaluation model purports to be the first "research-based", "valid, reliable and defensible" teacher evaluation model. A link to validation studies supporting this assertion can be found here.
Kim Marshall is widely considered an expert in the field of teacher evaluation. Read about her rationale and suggestions for implementation of teacher evaluation rubrics.
Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching
Charlotte Danielson's work in teacher evaluation, upon whose ideas most of CT's school districts' current evaluation plans are based, is revolutionary. The Pennsylvania State Education Association even has information about her work on a page linked to its home page.
New Teacher Project
Boldly stating, "Everyone agrees that teacher evaluations are broken", the New Teacher Project offers six standards that any teacher evaluation plan of quality should meet. The New Teacher Project's mission is to end educational inequality by ensuring that excellent teachers go into the districts in which they are most needed. The New Teacher Center is dedicated to improving student learning through "accelerating the effectiveness" of new teachers. One of their largest contributors is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
NHPS Teacher Evaluation and Development Process
The New Haven Public Schools adopted a much-touted and somewhat controversial system of evaluating teachers in conjunction with the American Federation of Teachers' Connecticut affiliate. The system is based on teacher ratings of 1 (Needs Improvement) to 5 (Exemplary).