How Much are Districts Spending to Implement Teacher Evaluation Systems?

Case Studies of Hillsborough County Public Schools, Memphis City Schools, and Pittsburgh Public Schools

by Jay Chambers, Iliana Brodziak de los Reyes, Caitlin O'Neil

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This report presents case studies of the efforts by three school districts, Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), Memphis City Schools (MCS), and Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS), to launch, implement, and operate new teacher evaluation systems as part of a larger reform effort called the Partnership Sites to Empower Effective Teaching. The HCPS system evaluates teachers based on a value-added model (VAM) of student achievement and structured classroom observations, while the MCS and PPS systems include surveys of students in addition to the VAM and classroom observation components.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two


  • Chapter Three

    Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS)

  • Chapter Four

    Memphis City Schools (MCS)

  • Chapter Five

    Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS)

  • Chapter Six


  • Appendix A

    Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS)

  • Appendix B

    Memphis City Schools (MCS)

  • Appendix C

    Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS)

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