Once again, stating the obvious.
The only way to reduce school dropouts and increase student performance is to put effective teachers in the classrooms, said Sandy Kress, a leader of the group who also served as a senior education adviser to President Bush.
Ah, but this report has a “solution!”
One of the business council’s more prominent recommendations is new authority for school districts to terminate teachers who receive poor performance evaluations for three consecutive years.”
If that teacher receives a third ineffective evaluation, the principal would be required to remove such a teacher, and the teacher would bear the burden of proof in any dismissal hearing,” the proposal read.
Apparently we would have many more effective teachers if only the administration could get rid of the bad ones! This “conclusion” by itself proves that the report was nothing more than a rehash of research that everyone already knows with the usual “we can fix it message if only we do this.”
Why am I so skeptical about the report? This is Texas, teacher unions are not the powerful protectors of tenure as elsewhere in the United States. If anybody has paid any attention to education news they would hear about “problem” teachers who are not “fired” but whose contracts were not renewed. No review by a union representative or the like. All teachers sign a contract when they are hired that is basically set up to get rid of them at will.
In other words, school districts and administrators have always had the ability to get rid of ineffective teachers. And while the evaluations may not explicitly state that the reviewer is to consider yearly progress made by students on the TAKS, it’s not as if administrators don’t already have this information. They choose how to use it.
So why doesn’t the council make recommendations about how to measure the effectiveness of the administrator? (Okay, for all I know they might have since I haven’t read the full report.) Where is the three strikes and your out for administrators? What, you mean they can’t be evaluated in such simple terms? Maybe if they were doing their job effectively in the first place, the business council wouldn’t be worrying determining the effectiveness of teachers.