Nothing Matters More Than a Quality Teacher. Research confirms that Teacher Quality is the most important school-related factor affecting student learning. What is the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP)?.
Research confirms that Teacher Quality is the most important school-related factor affecting student learning
Results from the South Carolina working conditions survey administered statewide in April 2005 indicate that leadership, the work environment, the opportunity for continuous improvement, career advancement opportunities and the ability to interact and work with professional colleagues also draws teachers to work in hard-to-staff schools. The survey also yielded a significant connection between retention and professional development at all levels (Emerick, 2005).
Teacher Value added
School-wide Value added
Of the 366 teachers surveyed in 2005–06, 93 percent said they were neutral or strongly supported increased accountability, and 70 percent indicated they were neutral or strongly supported the concept of pay for performance.
Prior to participating in the TAP program, teacher turnover was a serious problem at Bell Street Middle School. Nearly 40 percent of teachers left the school in 1999–2000 and 32 percent left the next year. After the introduction of TAP in the 2001–02 school year, teacher turnover had dropped to below 10 percent in 2003–04 and 2004–05.
Spaulding Elementary in Darlington had always received a report card rating of ‘Unsatisfactory’ with low improvement scores. After the first year of TAP implementation, their score jumped to ‘Below Basic’ with an improvement rating of ‘Good.’
4. Elevating and reinvigorating our teaching profession.Jim believes that we must commit to elevating the teaching profession, once again, in our society. He knows that teachers are not the problem Ð they are an essential part of the solution to the problems facing public education in South Carolina. As State Superintendent of Education, he will work to change the dialogue about the teaching profession in South Carolina and bring to an end the all-too-often unjustified criticism of teachers and their chosen profession. He will work to recruit, retain, and reward the best and brightest and ensure a quality teaching force for the next generation.