Describes Singapore's use of performance-linked "competencies" and rating scales for each competency, modeled on effective teachers' behaviors, to measure, reward, and develop teacher performance. Considers lessons for U.S. teacher evaluation systems.
- Successful Strategy: Ninety-eight percent of Singapore's sixth-grade students pass mathematics exams more rigorous than the comparable eighth-grade NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress in the U.S.) mathematics test
- Observation: "Competencies," or underlying traits that cause a person to be successful in a specific job or role, were identified and are measured in conjunction with performance outcomes to evaluate, track, promote, and pay teachers in Singapore
- Observation: Teachers in Singapore set annual competency achievement targets, identifying how they plan to accomplish these goals by reaching the next level of competence in a particular area
- Observation: Singapore offers three career tracks in education -- teaching, leadership, and specialists -- with advancement based on continued outstanding performance and a matching competency profile