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ERIC Number: ED540358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
You Know Who Your Great Teachers Are--"Now What?"
Hassel, Bryan
Policy Innovators in Education Network
Thanks to increasingly meaningful teacher evaluations, the nation knows far more than ever about the effectiveness of teachers in public school classrooms. What should states, districts, and schools do with that knowledge? In policy debates, much of the attention has focused on teachers at the "ineffective" end of the spectrum. With better teacher evaluation, the thinking goes, districts can stop awarding tenure to ineffective teachers. They can dismiss teachers who, in spite of professional development and support, do not improve sufficiently. Policies like these are important, but states that stop there will miss a major chance to transform their schools into places that are far better for students--and for teachers. State and district policymakers must focus even more on opportunities for the top 25 percent of teachers, with strong policies that attract, reward, retain, and extend the reach of highly effective teachers. Policymakers ready to create the policy changes to leverage, reward, retain, and attract excellent teachers can start with a seven-point plan: (1) Identify excellent teachers--now; (2) Track and report student access to great teachers; (3) Track and report retention rates of excellent teachers; (4) Pay top teachers more, within current budgets, for reaching more students; (5) Make tenure meaningful via "elite tenure,"; (6) Clear the other barriers that keep excellent teachers from reaching more students; and (7) Create the will to give every student excellent teachers. (Contains 6 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation; Carnegie Corporation of New York
Authoring Institution: Policy Innovators in Education Network