By Theodore Hershberg and Claire Robertson-Kraft, University of Pennsylvania
Background and Context
Education policy makers have long searched for a system that will recognize and reward outstanding practice, support educators to improve their performance, and, most importantly, increase student achievement. But we are now are at a watershed moment in public education where a Democratic president has challenged the educational status quo. For states and school districts to secure grants from the $4.35 billion Race to the Top (RTTT) Fund, President Barack Obama is requiring them to “use data effectively to reward effective teachers, to support teachers who are struggling, and when necessary, to replace teachers who aren’t up to the job” (White House, 2009).