The Basics: What You Need to Know About ESSA and Teacher Policies

  • Research has shown that effective teachers are the most important school-related factor in determining student success.
  • ESSA has rendered the “highly qualified teacher” requirement of NCLB a thing of the past.
  • States are no longer required to evaluate teachers based on student performance.
  • SEAs and LEAs are required to report and address any disparities that result in low-income students and minority students being taught by ineffective, inexperienced, or out-of-field teachers at higher rates than other students.

Educator Effectiveness  re:VISION series

This series, published in 2014, is relevant to policymakers as they consider moving forward on educator effectiveness issues under the increased flexibility of the Every Student Succeeds Act (2015). 

Teacher Effectiveness Series Part 1 – Overview


Teacher Effectiveness Series Part 2 – Evaluation
Teacher Effectiveness Series Part 3 – Compensation
Teacher Effectiveness Series Part 4 – Preparation
Teacher Effectiveness Series Part 5 – Leadership


Alliance for Excellent Education

The Brookings Institution

Center on Great Teachers and Leaders

Council of Chief State School Officers

Education Commission of the States

The Education Trust

Education Week

Georgetown Center on the Future of American Education

National Association of State Boards of Education

National Council on Teacher Quality 

National Education Association

United States Department of Education