Thursday, April 18, 2013

Effect of New Assessments on Teacher Retention

Ed Week has a column here by an educator remembering a teacher who changed her life.  She questions whether or not a teacher like that can survive in today’s data-driven assessment world.

I see by the notes at the end that Mr. Pepperling did retire as a teacher, which means he stayed in the profession after leaving Ms. Cella's school.

I think the real issue is will teachers like Mr. P. want to stay in education today?  I retired almost five years ago, and just in this short time I can see a "hostile environment" taking over the profession.  Why would a creative, energetic, talented teacher put up with the assessment-driven curriculum and evaluations?  Not to mention the political effort to reduce salaries, benefits, and collective bargaining protections.

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