the hidden costs of reform?

The contemporary rhetoric of education reform says that a new emphasis on “results” – defined chiefly by student standardized test scores – will help school administrators improve performance by rewarding effective and rooting out ineffective teachers. In other words, teacher turnover improves performance by removing the deadweight. What happened to the value of experience? Mark Simon points to recent study, “How teacher turnover harms student achievement,” linking teacher turnover to reduced test scores in math and English among 4th and 5th graders in the New York City public schools particularly among low-performing and minority students. Simon writes: Continue reading