Educator effectiveness refers to the ability of teachers and principals to improve student achievement in the classroom and beyond. Moreover, teacher quality and principal quality are two of the most important school-based factors affecting student achievement. Across the Midwest region, states are engaged in substantial changes to the ways they measure the effectiveness of their teachers and leaders, as well as increasing the number and quality of talented and dedicated teachers and principals, particularly for underserved students
Components of educator effectiveness include teacher and principal preparation programs, recruitment and hiring systems, induction and mentoring activities, working conditions, professional development, and evaluation. The work conducted in this realm includes research, policy, program evaluation, technical assistance, and professional services aimed at the development of the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that inspire learning and to the recruitment and retention of those educators who are most capable of facilitating student learning and success.