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Teachers don't think tenure is good measure of teacher quality



From this new, giant national survey of 40,000 teachers comes this interesting nugget: Teachers themselves don't think tenure is a good measure of who's a good teacher and who's not.

Only 10 percent of teachers say tenure is a very accurate measure of teacher performance, says the survey, released yesterday by Scholastic Inc. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Meanwhile, 47 percent say it is somewhat accurate and 42 percent say it is not at all accurate.

The survey found veteran teachers are more likely than new teachers to say tenure is at least somewhat accurate (63 percent of those with over 20 years experience vs. 55 percent of those with zero to three years and 54 percent of those with 4-10 years). But it also noted that the results "do not indicate teacher opposition to the teacher system."

In another part of the survey, 61 percent of the Florida teachers who responded said higher salaries were absolutely essential in retaining teachers - more than any other state. As the Gradebook noted recently, Florida has dropped to No. 35 in average teacher salaries - and is the only state in recent years where average salaries declined.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:52am]


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