ERIC Number: ED265120
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-7
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A Study of the State of Tennessee Career Ladder Program for Teachers.
Reddick, Thomas L.; Peach, Larry E.
A total of 516 teachers in 25 school systems in Middle Tennessee responded to a questionnaire relating to their attitudes about the Career Ladder Program in Tennessee. The program delineates a five-step classification system: (1) probationary teachers; (2) apprentice teachers; (3) career level I teachers; (4) career level II teachers; and (5) career level III teachers. About half of the teachers surveyed believed that the program will improve the quality of instruction in Tennessee public schools. However, most teachers did not think that the program will necessarily attract more qualified individuals into the teaching profession nor serve as an incentive for educators to remain in the field. About 85 percent of the teachers felt that the program will cause morale problems because of the pay differentials, but 40 percent stated that they had become better teachers because of the career ladder program. While most respondents felt that prospective teachers should be required to pass a competency examination, most did not believe that those presently teaching should be required periodically to pass a test measuring their knowledge and skills in their content area. Most teachers did not report that fair evaluations were likely to occur in their school system. (CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee