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WCE Professor Conducts Teacher Survey on Merit Pay; Co-Authors OpEd on Read to Achieve

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Watson College professor Janna Robertson in collaboration with recent UNCW graduate Megan Oakes, conducted a survey on North Carolina teacher evaluation and merit pay. More than 800 teachers responded to the survey administered online during April.

Watson College professor Janna RobertsonMore than two-thirds of respondents agreed with their evaluation but only half believed they received helpful feedback for their teaching. Less than one-fourth of teachers agreed that the teacher evaluation process would improve their teaching or student achievement.

The majority of teachers who participated in the survey (89%) said that performance-based pay will harm the collaborative nature of teaching, only 1% expects merit pay to have a positive impact on morale and the quality of teaching and 1 in 5 said they plan to leave education in North Carolina.

View the full report, “North Carolina Public Schools: Reactions to Teacher Evaluations and Merit Pay,” at http://buff.ly/RCThfa.

View WECT coverage of the story at www.wect.com/story/25508011/survey-finds-nc-teachers-disapprove-merit-pay-and-teacher-evaluations

Recent op-ed on Read to Achieve co-authored by Robertson


View op-ed published in The Raleigh & News Observer April 30, “Politics-driven Read to Achieve a path to failure for NC,” by Janna Siegel Robertson and Pamela Grundy, co-chair of the Charlotte-based advocacy group MecklenburgACTS.org atwww.newsobserver.com/2014/04/30/3823800/politics-driven-read-to-achieve.html

The article also appeared in the Winston-Salem Journal May 6 and the StarNews on May 7 and it was showcased on Diane Ravitch’s blog:  http://dianeravitch.net/2014/05/07/north-carolina-the-negative-impact-of-read-to-achieve-for-third-graders/

Robertson was also quoted in a recent news article on the topic:

The Raleigh News & Observer:www.newsobserver.com/2014/05/08/3846698/too-many-nc-children-arent-receiving.html

The Charlotte Observerwww.charlotteobserver.com/2014/05/08/4897255/too-many-nc-children-arent-receiving.html