We must develop new policies and incentives to help recruit, prepare, reward, train, measure, and support America’s educators.
Studies have found the most significant change schools can make to improve achievement is to ensure that all students are taught by highly effective teachers. Too often, the schools with the neediest students receive fewer effective teachers. Today’s salary, tenure, and evaluation systems are not designed to discover, develop, and support effective teachers and encourage them to stay in the classroom.
School districts across the country are developing new models that give teachers the tools and support they need to be effective in the classroom and improve student achievement, while helping other teachers learn from the best.