The Highly Effective Teacher Incentive Act, passed by the D.C. Council last month , acknowledges the urgent need for more effective educators in our lowest-performing schools. As D.C. teachers and teaching policy fellows with Teach Plus , a national teacher-leadership organization, we are encouraged by the D.C. Council’s recognition that great teachers can be powerful levers of change.
Of 663 D.C. teachers rated “highly effective” on the most recent round of the IMPACT evaluations, just 71 work in the 41 schools in Wards 7 and 8, compared with 135 in the 10 schools in Ward 3. As it is currently written, this legislation aims to address that disparity by offering skilled teachers higher pay and other benefits for transferring to a low-performing school.
The plan’s success, however, rests on how it is rolled out. In order for this legislation to empower educators to dramatically improve student outcomes, careful attention must be paid to the selection of teachers and schools.
Read further about the right schools and the right teachers at The Washington Post.