If teachers are so important,
why do we treat them like widgets?

Effective teachers are the key to student success. Yet our school systems treat all teachers as interchangeable parts, not professionals. Excellence goes unrecognized and poor performance goes unaddressed. This indifference to performance disrespects teachers and gambles with students’ lives.

Advisory Panel Responses

“There is nothing more important or fundamental to education than the selection, retention, development, evaluation and dismissal of teachers. This study by TNTP provides the background and research on the low, almost insignificant, number of teacher dismissals and should push all stakeholders into action.”

Chicago Public Schools


Teacher Evaluation 2.0: Six Design Standards
October 2010
Teacher evaluations are broken. So how can we fix them? This guide proposes six design standards for a rigorous and fair evaluation system. It offers states and school districts a blueprint for better evaluations that can help every teacher thrive in the classroom—and give every student the best chance at success.

The New Teacher Project