Despite years of rhetoric from lawmakers and education reformers about the importance of tying teacher pay to student test scores, fewer teachers now believe the move will keep good teachers in the classroom.
From Dan Wasserman
A new online survey of 10,000 U.S. teachers, released Thursday, finds that only 16% believe linking student performance and teacher pay is "absolutely essential" or "very important" in retaining good teachers. That's down from 28% in 2010.
In all, only 52% of teachers say it'll make any difference at all, down from 65% two years ago, the first year the survey was done.
The massive national teacher survey by the educational publisher Scholastic was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The push to link teacher retention and salaries to scores on annual state skills tests has become commonplace in U.S. education, promoted most significantly by the Obama administration's Race to the Top grants, which all but require school districts to do so.
The survey finds that teachers simply don't trust the tests. Only 26% say they're "an accurate reflection of student achievement."
Most teachers also say that simply doing away with evaluations won't work, either: 92% say tenure, granted to many teachers after only a handful of years in the classroom, "should not protect ineffective teachers."
The findings show that teachers welcome evaluations, said Margery Mayer, Scholastic's education president. "They just didn't want it all based on one test."...