The American Federation of Teachers issued a lengthy response this week to recent speeches by Education Secretary Arne Duncan and computer tycoon Bill Gates.
I thought the formal response raised a lot of good points. Get yourself some pie and coffee. This is long: (Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving.)
Here is the formal AFT response:
Assumption: Teacher experience has little correlation with student achievement. In making this claim, Gates cited Jennifer King Rice’s “The Impact of Teacher Experience,” but this is not what the paper, a literature review, says. Rather, it presents the research showing that experience does matter, but that improvement levels off after about five years. In fact, experience is one of the only variables that consistently matters. Accordingly, it makes sense to boost retention by giving raises for additional years of service. Research also tells us the effects of experience are greater and longer when teachers stay in the same grade for