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Retaining Teacher Talent

The View From Generation Y

Findings

Finding 1: Gen Y teachers are more open to rewarding teachers differentially for their performance and responsibilities in the classroom than earlier generations; however, they are skeptical about using their students’ standardized test scores to measure such performance. More…

Finding 2: Paying for performance is seen as the least important policy option for improving teacher effectiveness and retention; having meaningful learning opportunities, reducing class size, increasing parental involvement, and raising salaries across the board still rank higher. More…

Finding 3: Many teachers view removing ineffective colleagues from the classroom as a way to boost teacher effectiveness and think that unions sometimes protect ineffective teachers, yet they feel it important to preserve tenure protections. More…

Finding 4: Gen Y teachers tend to desire sustained, constructive, and individualized feedback from principals to help them become more effective in the classroom. More…

Finding 5: All teachers desire meaningful collaboration with their colleagues—not just younger ones. More…

Finding 6: Most Gen Y teachers believe they will stay in education, if not the classroom, for the long haul. More…

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