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Teachers Grade 13 Percent of their Peers as Ds or Fs

November 19, 2014

How do teachers themselves feel about tenure? Paul E. Peterson relates the results of EducationNext's most recent survey of teachers and parents:

  • When teachers were asked to grade their fellow teachers in their local school district on a standard grading scale, they ranked 69 percent of teachers as earning an A or a B. Eight percent, however, were given a D, and 5 percent were given an F.
  • Parents gave 56 percent of teachers an A or a B, 11 percent a D and 10 percent an F.
  • Just 41 percent of teachers reported being in favor of tenure and believing that it should be unrelated to students' academic performance.

Peterson notes that teacher tenure has been under scrutiny ever since a court in California ruled the scheme unconstitutional. He notes how critical good teachers are to student achievement: according to a study by Eric Hanushek, an economist at Stanford, replacing the bottom 5 to 7 percent of teachers with merely "average" teachers would increase economic grow by up to 1 percent annually.

Source: Paul E. Peterson, "Do Teachers Support the Vergara Decision?" EducationNext, November 18, 2014.


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