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January 6, 2009 am31 10:58 am

Gotham Schools runs a rise and shine section with links to New York education stories, mostly from the big dailies. Yesterday they linked to an article from the NY Post that caught my attention.

[Trivia: what’s the difference between the New York Post and the Weekly World News? Answer at bottom.]

Ok, nine days out of ten I don’t click on the link to the Post. The reporter may be a decent guy, but the paper. euww. But this time the Gotham Schools blurb grabbed me:

The city’s teaching force has grown more experienced in recent years.


I clicked.

Here’s the entire Post article:

The city’s public-school teaching force has grown more experienced, new data show.

Between the 2004-’05 and 2007-’08 school years, the city’s teaching force shed 1,700 teachers with fewer than five years’ experience and grew by nearly 3,700 with more than five years’ experience. That boost was equivalent to about 5 percent of the city’s 78,000-strong teaching force.

Over those years, schools attracted particularly large numbers of teachers considered to be at the peak of their careers – with between five and 10 years’ experience. “I think it’s good news . . . that retention is up, because that means less rookie hiring, and we know less rookie hiring is good for kids,” said Jonah Rockoff, an associate professor at Columbia Business School.

He credited the trend in part to significantly boosted starting salaries and the elimination of uncertified teachers more likely to cut their careers short.

Notice what’s missing? How about a source for the data. A report, maybe? A DoE mouthpiece spokesman? Hey, the story could be true. But then I’d like to get a look at those numbers. If they exist.

[Trivia answer: The Weekly World News is weekly]

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2009 am31 2:57 am 2:57 am

    Wait a cotton-picking minute. I know that I just skimmed this but …

    “the city’s teaching force shed 1,700 teachers with fewer than five years’ experience”

    Were they actually shed or did the teachers just grow out of the category? It is talking about a four year span.

    It would be nice to see data, but I’d like to see the questions and methodology too. Wouldn’t it be typical for them to trumpet that they “made radical improvements by increasing the experience levels of the faculty. In fact, the faculty has gained one year of experience every single year. We bureaucrats deserve our middling 6-figure salaries.”

  2. January 9, 2009 am31 10:44 am 10:44 am

    Found the actual source. Will be getting back to you (I have some of the same questions. Guessing you are right)


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