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Tool Name
Atlanta Effective Teacher in Every Classroom Initiative

Evaluation Type
Observations of Teachers and Principals
Student Performance Measures
Combination Models

All Subjects

All Grades

Use of Evaluation
Teacher Compensation Decisions

Professional Status

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 was launched in the 2011-12 school year and includes 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 is the Teacher Effectiveness Dashboard, which provides 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.

Stage of Development
All Stages

The evaluation system affects 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 October 5, 2011, 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 has been established so people can ask questions, submit comments, and provide feedback on the Atlanta Public Schools Effective Teacher in Every Classroom initiative.