ERIC Number: EJ1019277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Who Would Stay, Who Would Be Dismissed? An Empirical Consideration of Value-Added Teacher Retention Policies
Winters, Marcus A.; Cowen, Joshua M.
Educational Researcher, v42 n6 p330-337 Aug-Sep 2013
Several states have recently adopted or are pursuing policies that deny or revoke tenure from teachers who receive poor evaluation ratings over time based in part on quantitative measures of performance. Using data from the state of Florida, we estimate such value-added measures to consider the future effectiveness and number of teachers who would have been dismissed under different versions of these policies. Students assigned to teachers who would have been dismissed according to a value-added policy made considerably smaller academic improvements than did students assigned to teachers who would have avoided dismissal. Critically, however, we show that specific policy design determines the extent of the potential for value-added to improve the overall quality of the teaching workforce.
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Dismissal, Educational Policy, Tenure, Teacher Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Elementary School Teachers, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida