ERIC Number: ED421777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
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Practices Used by Arizona School Districts Dealing with Incompetent Teachers.
Sahin, Ali E.
This research, which defines teacher incompetence as an administrative problem with serious consequences, concentrates on one solution: cleansing the profession by dismissing incompetent teachers. Specifically, the study aimed to obtain information about the practices Arizona school districts use to identify and handle incompetent teachers. Data were collected from 34 out of 45 personnel directors or superintendents belonging to the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association. A large majority (74.1 percent) reported using at least three different identification methods: supervisory ratings, parent complaints, and complaints from other teachers. Nearly 91 percent had adopted formal remediation programs. About 65 percent reported that since September 1996, a total of 101 probationary teachers had been notified they will not be rehired because of incompetence. Few reported using incompetent teachers as substitutes; 26.5 percent indicated their districts transfer incompetent teachers to another school. About 56 percent stated that 90 teachers resigned or took early retirement. Only 14 districts reported they provided inducements for resignation or early retirement. Dismissing incompetent teachers is both an instructional and legal responsibility for administrators. Foreseeability is a critical liability dimension. (Contains 14 references.) (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona