This report, produced by a team of teacher leaders from a variety of schools and regions in California, follows up on our teacher evaluation report of 2010 (see below).
While education reform leaders rightly point to compensation as an important lever in hiring and retention, common notions of performance-pay reflect a misunderstanding of the teaching profession. They also fail, consistently, when implemented as simplistic rewards for raising student test scores. Instead of looking at pay in isolation, policy makers should look at compensation in connection to the work that teachers do, paying higher salaries to effective teachers who take on additional roles and responsibilities. In this report, we suggest that California should explore the creation of a higher-tier teacher certification that identifies leaders in the profession, and rewards them not simply with money, but with increased compensation commensurate with new leadership roles beyond classroom.
A Quality Teacher in Every Classroom:
An Evaluation System that Works for California
.Our first report, on the topic of teacher evaluation, came out in 2010. We chose to begin here because we believe that without a common understanding of what constitutes teaching quality and how teachers should be evaluated, any further conversation about improving teaching will be inconsequential. The recommendations in this report are drawn from research, analysis of existing policies, input from academic experts, and our own experiences as promoters of quality teaching. This report offers our recommendations on making teacher evaluation a more useful tool to advance the quality of teaching across California.
You can read more here about how this report was put together.
Read the report press release: ACT – Quality Teacher Press Release
Read the executive summary (PDF, 180 KB): ACT- A Quality Teacher… Executive Summary
Read the full report (PDF, 1.1 MB): ACT- A Quality Teacher in Every Classroom
We welcome your questions and comments.