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ERIC Number: ED544408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Hiring, Transfer and Evaluation in Pueblo City Schools, CO. Executive Summary
New Teacher Project
In the winter and spring of 2008, The New Teacher Project (TNTP) partnered with Pueblo City Schools (PCS) in Pueblo, Colorado to assess the impact of the district's policies and practices on the ability of schools to build and maintain strong instructional teams. TNTP's analysis included the following components: (1) Interviews with a diverse range of stakeholders, including central leadership, union leadership, principals and teachers; (2) Analysis of district teacher hiring and evaluation data; and (3) Online surveys of principals and teachers (565 teachers and 34 principals responded to the survey, for response rates of 51 percent and 103 percent, respectively). TNTP's analysis reveals that under current PCS policies and practices, schools struggle to build and maintain strong instructional teams. These challenges arise from four specific areas of significant concern. These four areas of concern are: (1) Hiring: Subject-specific applicant shortages and a late hiring timeline lead schools to fill vacancies with lower quality candidates, or not at all; (2) Reduction in Building Staff: Contractual provisions governing position cuts cause schools to lose teachers they want to keep and create significant job insecurity for novice teachers; (3) Transfers: The current transfer process deprives some teachers of the ability to find satisfactory new placements, and also deprives schools of choice in filling vacancies; and (4) Evaluation: The evaluation process does not effectively differentiate teacher performance or provide teachers with adequate feedback to improve. Policy recommendations are made to address these challenges and provide all schools with the high-quality teachers they need. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Teacher Project
Identifiers - Location: Colorado