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ERIC Number: EJ1061417
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
Performance Screens for School Improvement: The Case of Teacher Tenure Reform in New York City
Loeb, Susanna; Miller, Luke C.; Wyckoff, James
Educational Researcher, v44 n4 p199-212 May 2015
Tenure is intended to protect teachers with demonstrated teaching skills against arbitrary or capricious dismissal. Critics of typical tenure processes argue that tenure assessments are superficial and rarely discern whether teachers in fact have the requisite teaching skills. A recent reform of the tenure process in New York City provides an unusual opportunity to learn about the role of tenure in teachers' career outcomes. We find the reform led to many fewer teachers receiving tenure. Those not receiving tenure typically had their probationary periods extended to allow them an opportunity to demonstrate teaching effectiveness. These "extended" teachers were much more likely to leave their schools and be replaced by a teacher who was judged to be more effective.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A060018