I’m wondering why Education Post couldn’t talk to or get quotes from actual teachers in DC.
But I’ll give them this: DC is no longer the worst of the worst. That’s plain enough. Nonetheless, a little nuance would go a long way to dispel the hagiography here. And the article does certainly read like some high school paper’s adulation of the new soda machine in the cafeteria.
During that time she inherited bold reforms that may have cost her predecessor, Michelle Rhee, her job but are increasingly accepted and even popular among teachers. Some people even suggest that the current mayor might have picked up a few votes in the recent election based on her promise to keep Henderson as Chancellor.
What reforms, and be careful when you say “popular.” Many that I know are clearly NOT popular, namely IMPACT, which I’ll get to in a minute. The author, or the Post, might do well to look into issues regarding “Extended Day” and “morning collaborations.” Don’t get me started.
DCPS is now in the middle of the pack of 21 urban districts, which is impressive, given that the school district struggled for over 40 years.
All of this for middle of the pack status? Jesus Christ, what’s next?
Seventy-five percent of the District’s teachers start with at least one year of experience.
I have no idea what this means and why it’s important. I mean, 100% of its teachers start with a heart beat, so what?
Now skilled teachers who work with the neediest children are rewarded handsomely. After four years, Kamras says, they can earn $100,000 per year.
The devil is in the details.
Another reason for the District’s improvement is IMPACT, the teacher and staff evaluation system implemented in 2009. A 2013 study revealed that IMPACT was effective in retaining talented teachers (who are rewarded with bonuses and accelerated salary schedules) while prompting ineffective ones to improve or leave.
Ask a DC teacher about IMPACT. Please, ask them. Especially ask a DC teacher in SE. The study linked above makes no mention of the Master Educator component of IMPACT, only the principal evaluations.The ME component is significant and should not be ignored. In fact, it’s what makes IMPACT unique, the reliance on outside evaluators, and really has to be explained to be believed.
It should be quite simple for Education Post to reach out to DCPS teachers to get their perspective. For any purported journalistic organization, this should be common sense.