ERIC Number: ED398186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Ohio's Career Enhancement Pilot Projects.
Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
This report on an evaluation of Ohio state-funded career enhancement pilot programs cover six school districts. Four kinds of programs are covered: (1) career ladder--teachers are promoted through a series of steps based on different levels of competence and responsibility; (2) career option--teachers take on and are compensated for defined responsibilities related to the classroom, but increases in pay last only as long as participation does; (3) shared governance--school-level decision making is shared by administrators, teachers, parents, and community members; and (4) merit pay--bonuses or pay increases are awarded to teachers who have performed particularly well. In five of the six districts there is a peer review process that uses teachers rather than administrators to evaluate and coach one another. Study findings indicated that classroom changes resulting from career enhancement activities increased students' opportunities to learn, and that the most promising career enhancement strategies programs were peer review and targeted staff development. Recommendations based on the findings include: (1) allow all districts who want career enhancement to compete for grant funds; (2) incorporate peer review and staff development targeting individual districts' needs into statewide professional development initiatives; and (3) address the design and implementation flaws of the merit pay pilot program. Survey questions are appended. (Contains 41 references.) (ND)
Descriptors: Career Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Improvement, Merit Pay, Peer Evaluation, Pilot Projects, Public School Teachers, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Promotion
Legislative Office of Education Oversight, 30 East Broad Street, 27th Floor, Columbus, OH 43266-0927.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio