"A 7-year-old girl won't make it to college someday because her teacher has two decades of experience or a master's degree - she will make it to college if her teacher is effective and engaging and compels her to reach for success. By contrast, a poorly performing teacher can hold back hundreds, maybe thousands, of students over the course of a career. Each day that we ignore this reality is precious time lost for children preparing for the challenges of adulthood.
The glacial process for removing an incompetent teacher - and our discomfort as a society with criticizing anyone who chooses this noble and difficult profession - has left our school districts impotent and, worse, has robbed millions of children of a real future.
There isn't a business in America that would survive if it couldn't make personnel decisions based on performance. That is why everything we use in assessing teachers must be linked to their effectiveness in the classroom and focused on increasing student achievement."
"Analysis of Race to the Top Outcomes Applauds Contest Design, Urges Scoring Improvements," www.tntp.org, Dec. 7, 2010
Organizations/VIPS/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"The New Teacher Project (TNTP) is a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap by ensuring that high-need students get outstanding teachers. Founded by teachers in 1997, TNTP partners with school districts and states to implement scalable responses to their most acute teacher quality challenges. Since its inception, TNTP has trained or hired approximately 43,000 teachers, benefiting an estimated 7 million students nationwide. It has established more than 75 programs and initiatives in 31 states and published four seminal studies on urban teacher hiring and school staffing."
"About Us," The New Teacher Project, www.tntp.org (accessed June 7, 2011)
"The New Teacher Project’s mission is to end the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom."
"What Drives Us," The New Teacher Project, www.tntp.org (accessed June 7, 2011)