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Document Number: 6902

Identifying Effective Teachers Using Performance on the Job - Traditionally, policymakers have attempted to raise the quality of the teaching force by raising the hurdles for those seeking to enter the profession. This report contains five proposals for tenure and pay that represent significant departures from current practices: (1) reduce the barriers to entry into teaching for those without traditional teacher certification; (2) make it harder to promote the least effective teachers to tenured positions; (3) provide bonuses to highly effective teacher willing to teach in schools with a high proportion of low-income students; (4) evaluate individual teachers using various measures of teacher performance on the job; and (5) provide federal grants to help states that link student performance with the effectiveness of individual teachers over time. (Robert Gordon, Thomas J. Kane and Douglas O. Staiger, The Brookings Institution, April 2006) ...

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