206 D.C. teachers fired for poor performance

Washington, D.C. public schools have fired 206 teachers — 5 percent of the total staff — for poor performance, reports the Washington Post.

They were dismissed for poor scores on the evaluation system known as IMPACT, which grades teachers on five 30-minute classroom observations and their compliance with nine broad standards. These include ability to express course content clearly, teach students with differing skill levels and manage time effectively. For some teachers, half of their appraisal is contingent on whether students meet predicted growth targets on standardized tests.

Sixty-five were rated ineffective, the lowest category. Another 141 were judged minimally effective for the second consecutive year.

Four teachers rated minimally effective for two years kept their jobs based on their principals’ recommendations.

Another 663 teachers (16 percent) were rated highly effective, making them eligible for bonuses of up to $25,000.

IMPACT rated most teachers as effective.

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  1. This is an interesting story that needs to be followed.

    How accurate were the observations?

    Were they all probationary or did they have tenure?

    How could such ineffective teachers be hired in the first place?

  2. A former DCPS Superintendent had been Montgomery County, MD (DC suburbs) Superintendent prior to his move to DC. He commented that MCPS was able to choose A-level teachers, as opposed to the C-level(or below – my opinion) teachers who applied to DCPS – and wanted to change the latter. However, given the abysmal student behavior at many DCPS schools and the indifferent/incompetent/corrupt administration, most of the top teachers choose to go elsewhere. It’s a rational decision.

  3. If we are told that the problem with schools is substandard teachers, and then are told that only 5% of teachers are substandard…. something isn’t adding up.

    Fortunately, with that substandard 5% gone, school administrators will have no further excuses, right?

  4. Is this like the others who were fired or laid off by Rhee, who were supposedly hitting children and sexually abusing them?

    THAT one turned out to be one whooper of lie.

  5. So what are you trying to say Mike? That there’s no such thing as an incompetent teacher or that Rhee’s not good at discriminating between competent and incompetent?