The New Teacher Project

“Effective teachers who are fairly compensated are vital ingredients in the reforms our schools need,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in response to a new study by The New Teacher Project.

The study found that U.S. schools in effect treat all teachers the same and “do not distinguish great teaching from good, good from fair, or fair from poor, and a teacher’s effectiveness in helping students to succeed academically almost never factors into critical decisions such as how teachers are hired, developed or retained.”

“Schools need to have evaluation systems that fairly and accurately identify effective teachers,” Duncan said.

For information about the report — “The Widget Effect: Our National Failure to Acknowledge and Act on Differences in Teacher Effectiveness” — see

ED Staff