I have tried to keep a level head about this particular RTT “initiative”, touted by some as a method of getting the very desirable highly effective teachers to either stay at their high-needs school or move from their already satisfactorily achieving school to a neighboring high-needs school. I really have tried.
I certainly understand the necessity and desire to get really good teachers in front of those students who exhibit the greatest deficits in academic achievement. I certainly understand the pressures to identify effective and highly effective teachers. I can appreciate the need to implement and refine an effective accountability system–a way to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.
[As an aside: Did it just recently occur to education leaders that struggling students would greatly benefit from working with good and great teachers? Wouldn’t district administrators, especially those in the position of hiring staff, have known that all along?…
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