Weighing its effects on students with disabilities, their peers, and teachers
States have imposed a variety of rules on teacher candidates and the programs that seek to license them, with the goal of ensuring that all new teachers are ready to succeed on their first day in the classroom. New research challenges the very assumptions underlying these efforts.
Another 330 million are in school but not learning.
In addition to being content instructors, we also expect teachers to be curriculum designers, assessment creators, and experts at evaluating student work and analyzing student learning data, not to mention experts in classroom management and culture, coaching students on self-management, providing students with social and emotional support, and being the primary school connection with parents and families.
The real story here is the many insights about implementation—what actually happened on the ground—based on rich qualitative and survey data.
In typical schools, teachers just don’t have the daily guidance, constant feedback, and support from colleagues to improve fast when trying something new.
But teachers usually don’t get to pick their own programs.
EdStat: For Teachers Who Report that Covering Housing Costs is Very Difficult, the Chronic Absenteeism Rate is Nine Percentage Points Higher
Long commutes combine with rising rents to create economic anxiety.
EdStat: In 2016, Raising Blended Learners Chose Five “Demonstration Sites” to Receive Grants of up to $500,000 Over Three Years
These sites had mixed to modest gains in student achievement, though educators report greater student ownership of learning and fewer disciplinary problems.
EdStat: When the Public is Told How Much Teachers Currently Earn, Only 36 Percent Support Raising Teacher Salaries
According to the EdNext poll, support is down 5 percentage points from 2016.
EdStat: The Differences between Teacher-Preparation Programs are Negligible When It Comes to Teacher Quality, Amounting to No More Than 3 Percent of the Average Test-Score Gap between Students from Low-Income Families and their More Affluent Peers
If policymakers want to hold preparation programs accountable for the quality of their graduates, there may be better ways to do it.
There is some evidence that Florida’s “game changing” tenure reform law of 2011 slightly increased student test achievement in math and reading, and that the gains were more prominent for the lowest-performing students.
Rising costs are creating substantial economic anxiety among teachers and possibly affecting their teaching practice.
Can value-added make useful distinctions?
Michael Sonbert, founder of Skyrocket Educator Training, trains teachers and leaders in 300 urban and turnaround schools.
EdStat: When Informed About Teachers’ Current Salaries, 36% of the Public Favor a Pay Raise for Teachers
Recent polls show that most Americans agree that teachers deserve a pay raise, but the annual EdNext survey has shown that the public’s views on teacher salaries change when respondents are given more information.
EdStat: On Average, over the Past 10 Years, Teacher Compensation has Increased by 7.8 Percent for Retirement Benefits
During the same period of time, salaries increased by 1.4 percent a year, on average.
Teachers can’t buy food, afford child care, or pay their mortgages with the promise of future benefits — especially ones that never come.
Katharine Strunk and Paul Bruno find a link between how prospective teachers rate on a tool used to screen them and their later performance on the job.
States should work with teacher prep programs to produce candidates that are more aligned to their needs.
EdStat: Only 54 Percent of School Principals Rate Their Teachers’ Understanding of How Children Learn as “Moderately” or “Very” Good
Though teachers are required to learn some basic principles of psychology as part of their training, many report that their education is too theoretical.
We are facing some real challenges in obtaining the high-quality, diverse teacher workforce that we need.
A new proposal for reforming teacher education
Maybe we need to rethink how teachers’ pay schedules are structured.
Have these new evaluation systems had a net positive or negative effect on our nation’s schools?