ERIC Number: ED244238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Tennessee IRA Members Regarding the Comprehensive Education Reform Act.
Heathington, Betty S.; And Others
A study surveyed the views of 140 Tennessee members of the International Reading Association (IRA) regarding the state's Comprehensive Education Reform Act (CERA). The subjects, primarily elementary and secondary school teachers, were asked to respond on a five-point scale to statements concerning three elements of the CERA: (1) an incentive pay plan, (2) teacher evaluation, and (3) extended teacher contracts. The survey results showed both concern and support for aspects of the Tennessee CERA. The respondents did not view incentive pay plans as "the answer" to improving education in Tennessee. In fact, problems were seen with teacher morale and fairness in the administration of such a program. The respondents indicated that they were not necessarily against being evaluated and supported a probationary period for teachers before receiving permanent teaching certification. However, they felt that the actual criteria established for evaluation must be carefully considered, communicated to teachers, and fairly applied. They also preferred as evaluators those individuals most closely connected with the day-to-day operation of the schools. There seemed to be general support for the type of teacher activities being suggested for extended teacher contract periods. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Comprehensive Education Reform Act (Tennessee); International Reading Association; Tennessee
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (29th, Atlanta, GA, May 6-10, 1984).