ERIC Number: ED453152
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Unsatisfactory Performance: How California's K-12 Education System Protects Mediocrity and How Teacher Quality Can Be Improved.
Dawson, Thomas C.; Billingsley, K. Lloyd
This study examines the quality of California's K-12 education, discussing how the system protects mediocrity and how to improve educational quality in the state. It explains that what most ails the teaching force is that excellent teachers are not rewarded for superior work, and failing teachers are rarely held accountable for poor performance. Part 1, "Teacher Quality: Myths and Reality," discusses: teachers as the most important factor in student achievement; teacher salaries; teacher tenure and dismissal; teacher shortage; and teacher hiring and assignment. Part 2, "California's Experience in Failure," includes such topics as: an innovative design or a failed status quo, peer review and its flawed model, and state and district management of teachers (a lesson in failure). It also provides examples from several school districts. Part 3, "How to Improve Teacher Quality," discusses: responses from politicians and government; enhanced accountability (letting principals take charge); replacing teacher tenure with performance contracts; paying teachers based on performance; implementing differential pay to attract specialists in high-demand subject areas; streamlining the process of dismissing incompetent teachers; providing teachers with more professional opportunities; implementing broader choice to instill effective management; and moving toward a future that works. (Each session contains notes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Peer Evaluation, Performance Based Assessment, Personnel Selection, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Dismissal, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Salaries, Teaching Skills, Tenure
Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, 755 Sansome Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94111.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pacific Research Inst. for Public Policy, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A