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ERIC Number: ED539999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Opportunity at the Top: How America's Best Teachers Could Close the Gaps, Raise the Bar, and Keep Our Nation Great. Building an Opportunity Culture for America's Teachers. Executive Summary
Hassel, Bryan C.; Hassel, Emily Ayscue
Public Impact
Our nation is squandering one of its most important resources--our best teachers--and children are paying the price. Current policy initiatives overlook the most obvious, immediate source of improved teaching effectiveness: The great teachers we already have. The top 25 percent of U.S. teachers--more than 800,000 of them--already achieve results that would enable all of our children to meet and exceed standards. In the full version of this report, the authors projected the pay-off of different strategies for giving more children access to great teachers. Those strategies include our current, boldest policy goals: (1) "recruitment" of high-potential teachers, increasing the proportion of great teachers we attract each year from about 25 percent to 40 percent; (2) "dismissal" of ineffective teachers, tripling the percentage of teachers dismissed for low performance each year, from 2.1 percent to 6.3 percent; (3) "retention" of proven top-quartile teachers, cutting the annual loss of great teachers in half; and (4) "extension of top-teacher instruction" to more children, doubling the average number of children reached by each great teacher. If we add to these existing strategies two more aimed at "the great teachers we already have"--high-performer retention and reach extension--we could reach 87 percent of classes with gap-closing, bar-raising teachers. This outcome is within our reach--but only if we vastly expand the opportunities for top teachers to achieve success, impact, and rewards--by building an "opportunity culture" in education. (Contains 3 figures and 16 notes.) [For related reports, see "Opportunity at the Top: How America's Best Teachers Could Close the Gaps, Raise the Bar, and Keep Our Nation Great. Building an Opportunity Culture for America's Teachers" (ED539995) and "Opportunity at the Top: How America's Best Teachers Could Close the Gaps, Raise the Bar, and Keep Our Nation Great. Summary" (ED539988).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: Public Impact