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The National Governor's Association recently published a guide titled, Building a High-Quality
Education Workforce: A Governor’s Guide to Human Capital Development
that highlights a number of practices that states have adopted to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of teachers. As the states recieve and prepare to receive Education Stimulus dollars to support efforts connected to the assurance concerned with teacher effectiveness they should consider some of the ideas - processes and measurement approaches - highlighted in this report. For example, the report points out that only 14 states require that teachers be evaluated annually and 22 states do not require classroom observation as part of the teacher performance review process. Annual reviews and on the job observation, in any other profession, are a means for supervisor feedback, professional development and guidance on how to improve. There are a number of perspectives on the best way to assess or measure teacher effectiveness, but the first place to start - is regular performance reviews.