New research finds that as education policy has shifted, post-No Child Left Behind and as a result of Race to the Top (RTTT), the rollout of statewide teacher evaluation systems have proven to phase out lower performing teachers and retain more effective teachers for longer periods of time – particularly in urban districts and low-performing schools.
“While we found that the rollout of a statewide evaluation system is associated with increased turnover, we saw it as a positive that most of the teachers departing schools – and sometimes the profession itself – were the low-performing instructors,” said Luis A. Rodriguez, lead researcher and assistant professor of education leadership at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. “This research implies that states and districts can use evaluations as a way to increase exit rates of its least effective teachers and also highlights the need for concurrent policies to retain effective instructors while developing supports for a well-trained teacher labor force through programs like Teaching Fellows and high-quality coaching.”
Rodriguez’s research, published today in the peer-reviewed academic research journal American Educational Research Journal (AERJ), is the first study to investigate statewide teacher evaluation reform and assess changes in mobility patterns for teachers of varying effectiveness levels.
We saw it as a positive that most of the teachers departing schools – and sometimes the profession itself – were the low-performing instructors."
New research by Luis A. Rodriguez finds that statewide teacher evaluation systems have proven to phase out lower-performing teachers and retain more effective teachers for longer periods of time.
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