August 6, 2015

The Department of Public Instruction reports spending $13 million for unallocated staff development and $200 million in total development.

Is all this development worth it? A study by The New Teacher Project, a group linked with Michael Bloomberg, says school staff development isn’t worth it.

Read what the Wall Street Journal said. “Investments in ongoing training for teachers usually didn’t improve their performance, and schools should rethink how they try to bolster their teachers’ skills, according to a study released Tuesday by a national nonprofit group.

TNTP, a Brooklyn-based organization that trains educators and promotes stringent evaluations, analyzed several years of data from three school districts. It found the districts spent an average of $18,000 per teacher yearly on professional development, including coaching in the classroom, formal feedback, vendor contracts for training and staff time.

Despite that investment, the report found that only three out of 10 teachers in these districts saw their practice improve substantially over two or three years, and two out of 10 teachers saw their performance decline.”( 8/4/15)

So unless NCDPI is doing something radically different, all these millions on staff development aren’t producing education value for the buck.

Against a lot of political attacks and media distortions, the new conservative reform majority is cutting bureaucracy and positions that don’t create the highest education value in order to raise teacher pay, reduce class size and fund school choice. Support the Carolina Partnership for Reform so we can have the back of the men and women working for change.