By Lisa Fingeroot / The Tennessean
Research conducted by the Tennessee Department of Education shows
teacher effectiveness is not related to either experience or advanced
degrees, according to a presentation made to the State Board of
Education this morning.
The board was shown graphs using teacher
evaluations as an effectiveness measurement and told the graphs show
that the two attributes that usually add to teacher salaries - years of
experience and advanced degrees - have no relationship to effectiveness.
The research was created by a new internal research team in the
department and was based on teacher evaluations for the 2011-12 school
The final results of those evaluations have not been released to the public.
department was was instructed to continue the research and come back to
the board with information that could lead to a revamped pay scale that
rewards teachers for performance.