ERIC Number: ED358055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Final Accumulative Results & Transfer of Knowledge of the Arizona Career Ladder Research & Evaluation Project: Impact on Student Achievement, Formulated Models, Network Anecdotes, & Recommendations to the Legislature for Policy Development, Program Continuation & State-Wide Expansion. Summative Report VIII.
Packard, Richard D.; Dereshiwsky, Mary I.
This paper presents research findings concerning the Career Ladder pilot test program in Arizona. The program is designed to reward and motivate teachers based on performance. One of the program's key features is the flexibility and innovation allowed to participating districts in their individual development of program designs and structures. An example of a district program is provided, followed by a theoretical model of program support and focus factors which influence district potential for successful implementation of an external educational reform program such as Career Ladders. An associated diagnostic profiling procedure for assessing the operational level of each of the focus and support factors as they currently exist within each district is then explained. Through a series of qualitative anecdotes, the viewpoints of career ladder program participants are presented, focusing on such areas as student achievement, teacher skills, administrator skills, professional input, funding, and organizational climate and communications. Exhibits include: (1) a matrix of initial legislative mandates, major research findings, and implications for future policy; (2) a summary of the anecdotal reports from participating districts; (3) a summary of recommendations to the Joint Legislative Committee on Career Ladders; and (4) an analysis of the impact of the Career Ladder program on student achievement. (JDD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Ladders, Change Strategies, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Incentives, Merit Rating, Models, Pilot Projects, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Rewards, Secondary School Teachers, State Legislation, State Programs, Teacher Motivation
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff. Center for Excellence in Education.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona