ERIC Number: EJ946223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Do Principals Fire the Worst Teachers?
Jacob, Brian A.
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v33 n4 p403-434 Dec 2011
This article takes advantage of a unique policy change to examine how principals make decisions regarding teacher dismissal. In 2004, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Chicago Teachers Union signed a new collective bargaining agreement that gave principals the flexibility to dismiss probationary teachers for any reason and without the documentation and hearing process that is typically required for such dismissals. With the cooperation of the CPS, I matched information on all teachers who were eligible for dismissal with records indicating which teachers were dismissed. With these data, I estimate the relative weight that school administrators place on a variety of teacher characteristics. I find evidence that principals do consider teacher absences and value-added measures, along with several demographic characteristics, in determining which teachers to dismiss. (Contains 9 tables and 30 notes.)
Descriptors: Teacher Dismissal, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Attendance, Collective Bargaining, Principals, Administrative Policy, Personnel Policy, Teacher Evaluation, Tenure, Data Analysis, Case Records, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Predictor Variables
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois