Teachers and Leaders
TERA will continue to explore the pathways and pipelines that prepare, attract, and retain highly effective teachers and leaders. In addition to general research in these areas, we will specifically focus on issues related to educator diversity in Tennessee schools.
In this brief, we draw on a broad body of research evaluating Tennessee's evaluation system over the last ten years to explore whether it has led to gains in student achievement. Looking across several studies, we find evidence consistent with a theory that evaluation reform contributed to student achievement gains and that evaluation reform operated to improve student achievement through two mechanisms: teacher development and strategic teacher retention.