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Tool Name
Atlanta Effective Teacher in Every Classroom Initiative

Evaluation Type
Classroom Observations
Student Performance Measures
Combination Models

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All Grades

Use of Evaluation
Teacher Compensation Decisions


This initiative was developed by Atlanta Public Schools.

Product Description
Atlanta Public Schools received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve its teacher evaluation system. The system is not fully implemented yet, but in the third and final phase, the district will implement a pay-for-performance system for compensation that is based on the Georgia CLASS Keys, student achievement, classroom observation, and student growth. One component of the system will be the Teacher Effectiveness Dashboard, which will provide administrators with data to make decisions concerning human capital management (including placement, professional development, and compensation).

General Target Population Information
The initiative was developed for use with Atlanta Public Schools Teachers. The plan is to roll out this evaluation system so that it is fully implemented by the 2011–12 school year.

Stage of Teacher Development
Any Stage

When fully implemented during the 2011–12 school year, the evaluation system will affect all teachers in Atlanta Public Schools.

Research and Resources

Atlanta Public Schools notes that the research behind the initiative comes from The Widget Effect report produced by The New Teacher Project (

Weisberg, D., Sexton, S., Mulhern, J., & Keeling, D. The widget effect: Our national failure to acknowledge and act on differences in teacher effectiveness. Brooklyn, NY: The New Teacher Project. Retrieved April 2, 2010, from

Atlanta Public Schools plan to develop and implement this system with a $10 million grant over three years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Contact Information

Atlanta Public Schools
130 Trinity Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-802-3500

Support Available
The e-mail address has been established so people can ask questions, submit comments, and provide feedback on the APS Effective Teacher in Every Classroom initiative.