Studies suggest that having a very good teacher for four or five years in a row can close the achievement gap. Federal legislative priorities such as Race to the Top, Teacher Incentive Fund and School Improvement Grants have put a spotlight on teacher and leader effectiveness as a major component of school reform. In an attempt to recognize great teachers and change how their performance is measured, 28 states have introduced legislation that replaces the traditional years-in-service pay scale with new evaluation systems and/or teacher performance-pay linked to student learning. Against this backdrop, the role of school district systems of human capital management (HCMS) has emerged as a tool for improving educator quality and, ultimately, student achievement. When designed and used appropriately, these systems can become drivers that can strategically align curriculum and instruction, data and assessment, and professional development.

The Center for Educator Effectiveness, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, gathers, develops and makes accessible a wide range of resources to enhance knowledge about and interest in the reform of human capital management systems to improve teaching and learning in the classroom. The Center seeks to serve grantees of the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF), as well as education stakeholders across the country. Resources developed by the Center include a website, a virtual Community of Practice, and high quality content, including white papers, webinars, case studies, harvesting papers, research syntheses and emerging issue reports.

The Center is jointly operated by Safal Partners, Kratos Learning and Measurement Incorporated, with Safal leading content development. Focus areas include human capital management system reform, educator evaluation, linking professional development to evaluation, performance based compensation systems and career ladders. For further inquiries about the Center, please contact us at