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ERIC Number: ED501256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 3
An HLM Analysis of the Effects of a Teachers' Contract on More Equitable Distribution of Experienced Faculty in Urban Schools
Offenberg, Robert M.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, Mar 24-28, 2008)
This paper presents a family of three hierarchical analyses of trends in the distribution of experienced teachers among schools. The analyses were used to assess whether implementation of key provisions of the 2004 contract between the Philadelphia School District and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) led to a more equitable teacher-experience distribution. HLM was applied to three years of pre-contract school data to create an Elementary/K-8, a Middle School and a High School function describing the relationship between characteristics of the students attending schools and the experience of the teachers in their faculties. The pre-contract equations were then applied to appropriate school data, yielding an estimate of what the experience of each school would have been post-contract if the contract had had no effect. Residuals, the differences between the HLM-based predictions and the actual experience of each schools faculty, were computed and then subjected to additional analyses. The results showed that the teachers' contract provisions were associated with an increase in school faculty experience in the school district. However the increase occurred mainly at more middle class schools, and not in the ones that were subject to contract provisions designed to attract experienced teachers. (Contains 3 tables and 1 footnote.) [This research was a component of an evaluation managed by Research for Action, Philadelphia, PA.]
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania