Matt Di Carlo of the Shanker Institute demonstrates what bad ideas StudentsFirst (NY) has when it comes to improving teacher quality.

The organization discovered that most teachers with unsatisfactory ratings are in high poverty schools. SFNY has a strategy to solve the problem: punishments and rewards.

Di Carlo points out that the organization seems woefully uninformed by research, experience, or evidence. He writes:

“Look, almost half of new teachers in NYC schools serving lower-performing students leave their initial schools within two years. And this is primarily because these are very difficult schools in which to teach, especially when you’re just starting out. Yes, some of this turnover is inevitable and some of it is healthy, but much of it is neither. And there’s plenty of productive middle ground between massive, costly, undifferentiated efforts to reduce attrition across the board and an agenda that focuses solely on rewarding and punishing teachers with performance measures that have zero track record.”