Suggested reading: Credible research on education policy issues
On April 27, Gov. Rick Snyder announced wide-ranging changes for public education, including merit pay, teacher experience and seniority-based layoffs, virtual learning, and charter schools. For credible research on these topics, we offer the following:
Outlines MEA positions on a variety of education reform issues. Was shared with Gov. Snyder prior to its release in January 2011.
The most rigorous study of merit pay conducted to date in the U.S.— September, 2010
Education Week’s coverage of above study (in case you need a quick summary).
TEACHER EXPERIENCE AND SENIORITY BASED LAYOFFS
More experienced teachers appear more effective in teaching elementary math and reading and middle school math.
This study concludes that a teacher’s experience, test scores and regular licensure all have positive effects on student achievement, with larger effects for math than for reading.
A look at the various policy implications that require attention as virtual education grows.
Western Michigan University’s Gary Miron is a national expert on charter school effectiveness and is an excellent Michigan source on the subject. He can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The study reveals that a decent fraction of charter schools, 17 percent, provide superior education opportunities for their students. Nearly half of the charter schools nationwide have results that are no different from the local public school options and over a third, 37 percent, deliver learning results that are significantly worse than their student would have realized had they remained in traditional public schools.
These findings underlie the parallel findings of significant state‐by‐state differences in charter school performance and in the national aggregate performance of charter schools. The policy challenge is how to deal constructively with varying levels of performance today and into the future.