Let me now tackle their incomprehensible logic.
First they never use the word poverty when describing our schools preferring to use the words “high need” but ignoring poverty is nothing new. After all if they didn’t ignore poverty they couldn’t very well blame teachers.
The study says: High-need schools lose top teachers at higher rates and hire lower-performing teachers to replace those who leave.
By lower performing they mean new and inexperienced though I think I should point out that the district exacerbates this problem by relying on Teach for America. Most of these teachers at these “high need” schools if given the support and put in positions were success is possible will develop into great teachers over time, sadly however that is not what usually happens.
So the study itself says inexperienced and new teachers don’t do as well as experienced ones but that doesn’t stop the study from saying:
In Duval County, there is no difference between the pay of the most and least effective teachers. The largest raises go to teachers with 20 years or more experience.
Most annual step increases are less than 3 percent until teachers are higher on the salary schedule, the study showed.
That means a highly effective teacher relatively new to the district will make less, sometimes a lot less, than a lower-performing veteran teacher.
Over a teacher’s 24-year career, $173,926 to $292,357 of total compensation will be based on seniority and advanced degrees. That money could be reallocated to provide capital for performance-based compensation, according to the study.
But wait a minute the study just said new and inexperienced teachers don’t do as well as experienced ones. The authors of the study, The New Teacher Project, who are part of the corporate reform movement, which derides, experience, education and tenure obviously think they can have their cake and eat it too.
The truth is experience and education matter no matter how you slice it so why can’t they see that and why is the super giving the study, “high marks”?
It is because the TNTP and the super do not respect teachers, they don’t know nor do they appreciate all that they do and that is where we find ourselves and until something changes, until the super wants to work with teachers instead of merrily giving high marks to a study that slams teachers we will continue to have our issues.
The good news is we can turn this around; respect teachers, put them in places where they can succeed have academic and behavioral supports for both them and children. The bad news is we have an admin and super in place that would rather spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a blame the teacher study instead of using that money to help our teachers and kids.
Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2014-06-14/story/study-duval-county-public-schools-losing-effective-teachers#.U52QGwx63AI.facebook#ixzz34jqe4Ujv