Sadly, this isn’t too surprising especially after the debacle in Central Falls: according to a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality, Rhode Island gets a ‘D’ for teacher quality. Here is a breakdown of how Rhode Island did:
● Delivering well-prepared teachers: D
● Expanding the teaching pool: C
● Identifying effective teachers: D
● Retaining effective teachers: D
● Exiting ineffective teachers: F
Even the C score is worrisome: what good is it expanding the pool of teachers if you can’t identify and retain the good ones? Even more worrisome: the state’s inability to get rid of bad teachers. The report found that tenure is awarded ‘virtually automatically,’ that the state fails to make evidence of student learning the ‘preponderant criterion’ in teacher evaluations, and, specifically, that the state does not ensure elementary teachers are prepared to teach reading or mathematics. Let’s hope that education commissioner Deborah Gist does her homework and gives this report a thorough reading. To see how other states fared, click here.