Thompson: Reformer Urges Focus On Institutions Not Individuals
At first read, Neerav Kingsland's "Top-Third Tina, Bottom-Third Barry" at Title I-Derland seems like an invitation for value-added researchers to tackle an arcane methodological point when estimating the effectiveness of TFA. Kingsland's theory is that you can take the "Top-Third Tina" and "Bottom-Third Barry" and if you put them in either a low performing law firm or a low-performing school they, "will perform roughly the same after two years." Many TFA teachers work in high-performing charter schools and "in high-performing environments TFA teachers add a lot of value." But Kingsland's takeaway is that in "poorly managed schools, the impact of the institution itself will drown out a lot of potential variance in effectiveness. Nobody gets trained or supported. Few people excel." Kingsland urges a focus on the real problem. If we make poor performing schools better, "two things will happen: (1) all teachers will improve and (2) the 'talented' teachers will show a significant effect that was not picked up in the poorly run school." - JT (@drjohnthompson) image via.