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ERIC Number: ED027627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep
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A New Approach to Merit Rating of Teachers.
Anthony, Bobbie M.
Administrator's Notebook, v17 n1 Sep 1968
A challenging problem for educational administrators has been the identification of effective teachers for purposes of reward. The lack of agreement on what an effective teacher is or does is a major reason for teacher opposition to merit rating. A study of 21 fifth grade classrooms in a Midwestern school system having homogeneous socioeconomic characteristics used multiple regression and correlation analysis to determine the effects on pupil achievement of classroom environmental elements controllable by teachers. Results show that the teacher through environmental manipulation does influence pupil achievement. Years of teaching experience were found to be insignificantly related to pupil achievement. The findings suggest a new approach to merit rating for teachers--rating the quality of manipulation of classroom environments. This approach would probably be acceptable to teachers because they could be given precise information about needed and controllable changes and because bonuses of an improved environment would be a better rating and subsequent higher pay. In addition, a teacher's merit rating would be based upon factors over which he has control. (TT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Environment, Merit Rating, Rating Scales, Statistical Analysis, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teaching Experience
Midwest Admin. Ctr., Univ. of Chicago, 5835 Kimbark Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60637 (single copy, $.25, reduced rates for multiple copies).
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Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Midwest Administration Center.