Principals Criticized on Teacher-Retention Decisions
Teacher-training group suggests school leaders take more-strategic approaches to keeping 'irreplaceables'
Policymakers, administrators, and advocacy groups have correctly diagnosed a major problem plaguing the teaching profession—high rates of teacher attrition—but have missed the mark in their prescriptions for fixing it, concludes a new report released July 30 by the New York City-based TNTP , formerly The New Teacher Project.
In essence, the study contends, most school leaders fail to identify and encourage the very best teachers to stay in schools. It attributes the phenomenon to what it describes as the K-12 field’s tendency to uncouple decisions about retention from discussions of teacher quality.
The consequences of these practices, the report concludes, have particularly affected low-performing schools, making it harder to develop a critical mass of effective teachers to sustain improvements. In such schools, the report estimates, a high-performing teacher who leaves will be replaced by an equally effective peer less than a...
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