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ERIC Number: EJ890699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun-16
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
New Teacher Distribution Methods Hold Promise
Sawchuk, Stephen
Education Week, v29 n35 p1, 16-17 Jun 2010
With effective teaching a top policy priority, certain school districts, the federal government, and nonprofit groups are renewing efforts to pilot and study strategies for pairing effective teachers with students in low-performing, high-poverty schools. The results could offer clues about how to rectify an imbalance in the distribution of the best teachers within districts--a requirement of both the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the 2009 economic-stimulus law that addresses one of K-12 education's most intractable problems. The initiatives differ from earlier attempts to equalize teacher talent by using more sophisticated techniques to identify and target top teachers, including the use of value-added data. They also go beyond narrow transfer incentives to include targeted retention strategies, improved professional development, and a focus on the caliber of the school leaders and peers whom new teachers will be working with every day. Some of the districts are even working to place whole teams of educators--rather than just individuals--in challenging schools, a promising approach, some scholars say, at a time when individual teacher performance has galvanized much policy attention. The new efforts are among the first to approach the issue of teacher distribution by looking at teachers' ability to boost their students' academic achievement, an area that is only now generating significant research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona; North Carolina; Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act