Virtual School Meanderings

August 6, 2017

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature.

Worth A Read

Performance Pay Law Not Paying Off for Top-Rated Teachers, According to Report

Posted: 02 Aug 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Brenda Iasevoli shares the findings from a recent report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) on pay-for-performance for teachers in Florida. The report found that pay increases for educational attainment had  outpaced performance pay. The report also found that with 98 percent of the teachers earning effective or highly effective ratings the rewards were relatively easy to get. Researcher Matthew Springer responded in the article: “Now, maybe all teachers deserve more pay in Florida. I’m not going to weigh in on that. But if the intent of the system is to reward and recognize the highest performers and somehow fundamentally alter the quality of those labor markets, then yeah, we wouldn’t expect that 98 percent of teachers hit that mark.”

Who suffers when charter schools fail? (HINT: It’s not the banks or the authorizers)

Posted: 02 Aug 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Chris Savage writes about what happens when charter schools fail. He writes, “I’d say this is a ‘cautionary tale’ about the disastrous trend of putting charter schools in charge of public education but we’ve gone far beyond cautionary tales. It’s clear that far too many of these charter schools and their management companies, most of which are for-profit, don’t see education as a social good for them to foster, nurture, and encourage. Rather, it’s just one more way to siphon public education tax dollars into the coffers of corporations. Just because Matchbook Learning is a rare charter management company that is not for-profit doesn’t mean that they and their creditors didn’t hope to enrich themselves by investing in education.”

Fewer college students want to be teachers, and why it matters (searchable database)

Posted: 02 Aug 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Nancy Derringer writes about teacher-prep programs in Michigan enrolling fewer students since 2008-9. “The latest data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title II program, which supports teacher training and professional development, show enrollment in teacher prep at the college level is falling, sharply in some states. In Michigan, 11,099 students were enrolled in the state’s 39 teacher-prep programs in 2014-15, the most recent data available. That is a 3,273-student decline from just two years previous, in 2012-13. Since 2008, the total number of Michigan college students studying to become a teacher is down more than 50 percent.”

State Accountability Plans Fix Many NCLB-Era Mistakes

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Brandon Wright and Mike Petrilli share the findings of a new report from the Fordham Institute that analyzed the first 17 ESSA accountability plans. They based their ratings on three measures and graded them strong, medium or weak. They conclude, “Will the remaining states do even better? We see no reason that they cannot, and we’ll be back in the autumn to find out how they do.”

What Works?: Research on Educational Leadership, Policy and Literacy in Black & Brown Communities

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Julian Vasquez Heilig shares the responses of several nationally recognized professors regarding educational leadership, policy, and literacy in black and brown communities. The research citations and responses come from: Noelle Witherspoon Arnold, Ohio State University; Julian Vasquez Heilig, California State University Sacramento; Lorri J. Santamaría The University of Auckland, New Zealand; and Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas, University of Missouri, Columbia.

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