Grasmick proposes teacher reforms
Grasmick's proposed policy shifts announced yesterday attempt to align Maryland with other progressive states that are trying to put more emphasis on teacher effectiveness. The story today outlines the broad outline of the proposals, but we will wait for the details to come out in the coming weeks. I wonder how many school districts in the state might actually offer incentive pay to certain teachers? And how would districts begin using the test scores as part of the job performance evaluations? At least one state that has linked test scores to job performance prohibits teachers from being fired because of low test scores.
But the issue most on my mind today is this: how difficult is it really to get rid of teachers? Are principals still passing poor teachers around the school district because it is such an arduous process to remove them or are they actually trying to use the evaluation process? We have all heard stories of districts that had great difficulty getting rid of a teacher even when that teacher's behavior was clearly wrong. What is happening here?