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Fundamental Flaw In A Much-Hyped Teacher Survey?

We highlighted last week the results of a survey showing a precipitous drop in teacher job satisfaction over the last two years. But at Real Clear Politics, Andrew Rotherham says the numbers took a nosedive “based on dubious polling“: The much-touted data point about teacher satisfaction is, to put it politely, fundamentally flawed. MetLife asks about […]

Should Teachers With Master's Degrees Automatically Earn More?

Here’s an interesting look at the common practice of awarding an automatic pay increase to teachers who earn advanced degrees. From The Center for American Progress: Although teachers with master’s degrees generally earn additional salary or stipends — the so-called “master’s bump” — they are no more effective, on average, than their counterparts without master’s […]

Why Some Educators Say The State’s A-F Grading System Isn’t An Improvement

Superintendents offered a harsh critique of the state’s A-F grading scale for public schools at the statehouse earlier this month, writes Karen Francisco of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: How uncomfortable Friday afternoon must have been for Republican members of the Indiana Select Commission on Education. Listening to hours of overwhelmingly critical testimony of the […]

How Districts Are Preparing For State-Mandated Teacher Evaluations

Washington math teacher Jodie Mojzik points to the projector during her lesson.

A new state law that requires annual evaluations for Indiana teachers doesn’t take effect until the 2012-13 school year, but school corporations are already preparing staff for the changes to come. Teachers in six districts began receiving feedback this year as part of a pilot program designed to offer insight to the rest of the […]

Why So Many More Teachers Hate Their Jobs Now

A teacher protests in Miami.

A recent survey’s results are surprising for just how unhappy teachers have become with their jobs in a short time — and, what’s more, that education policy changes arguably had little to do with it.

Is Indiana's Education Overhaul Burning Out Teachers?

Does Indiana have a teacher morale problem on its hands? Between higher stakes on state tests, and performance pay becoming mandatory next year, a new survey shows Indiana teachers feel the brunt of recent changes to state education policy.

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