Hoping to influence the legislature or the contract negotiations or both, there's a new Joyce-funded report from The New Teacher Project out today on teacher ratings, hiring, and all the rest.
Its main findings, according to the Tribune, include that there's little connection between teacher ratings and school performance. No big surprise there, though the numbers can be startling. For example, few if any of the teachers in 87 Chicago public schools deemed failing were rated unsatisfactory. "Only
three of every 1,000 teachers in the school system received an
"unsatisfactory" rating, according to the study," says the Tribune story (Report: No teeth in teacher ratings). "... between 2003 and 2006, only
nine teachers received two or more "unsatisfactory" ratings and none
More controversially, the report recommends new evaluation standards independent of collective bargaining, including tying pay raises to teacher ratings...regardless of what the contract says. I'm not sure how that would work, or if it'll fly.
Good news includes the increasing selectivity of the CPS hiring process -- now just 12 percent of applicants get hired, down from 18 percent three years ago, and the "progressive" transfer process that requires teacher and principal consent. However, late hiring is still a problem, as is seniority-based reassignment (whatever that is???). "Top
performers are actually reassigned (and lost to their schools) slightly more
often than satisfactory performers, " according to the report. "Principals are frustrated with losing top
performers to reassignment."
It looks like good new information, but what can be done with it now I don't know. Maybe it's not too late to throw into the hopper.
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