ERIC Number: ED263677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Dec-8
Reference Count: 0
Justiciable Performance Standards for Discharging Incompetent Teachers.
Clear, Delbert K.; Box, John M.
This paper investigates the problem of developing judicially sound and workable standards for dismissing incompetent teachers. Numerous cases are cited to support the contention that there is a desperate need for stable standards of performance that will have the qualities necessary to withstand judicial scrutiny: (1) required teacher knowledge, competencies, and skills that are predetermined; (2) an evaluation system capable of detecting departure from the standards; and (3) knowledge of standards among all teachers and opportunity to correct shortcomings. Research into teaching effectiveness is currently developing comprehensive lists of behaviors from which effective teachers select teaching strategies at any given moment; this will lead to a list of comprehensive and legally defensible standards of teacher performance. An example of such a list is presented in a table which itemizes: (1) discrete behaviors; (2) basis for claim of performance validation; and (3) illustrative court decisions. This is followed by a review of cases that illustrate the various standards listed in the table. The review is divided into the following sections: instructional or pedagogical skills, use of subject matter, direct outcomes of teaching, interpersonal and organizational relationships, and self-renewal. The conclusion lists patterns that emerge from analyzing court reviews of teacher dismissals for incompetence. (TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Organization on Legal Problems of Education (30th, Williamsburg, VA, December 5-8, 1984).