The annual report from the National Council on Teacher Quality is out, and the (reasonably) good news is that Kentucky ranks in 24th place with regard to policies that foster teacher quality. The bad news is that it only took a "D+" grade for us to rank that high.
That dismal grade is due, in large part, to the fact that while Kentucky ranks decently with regard to its policies aimed at identifying and retaining good teachers, it fails miserably in its commitment to ridding itself of bad ones. According to the report, Kentucky has "no articulated consequences" for teachers who receive unsatisfactory evaluations, and no stated policy that ineffectiveness constitutes grounds for dismissal.
What do you think? Should contracts in the future require that teachers perform well in exchange for job security?
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