It is surprising that the Department of Education would celebrate the return of 1,100 ineffective teachers back into the classrooms of our most vulnerable children. Semantic games aside, a world-class school system is not built on a foundation that gives preferential treatment to the lowest-performing teachers. Today’s announcement demonstrates that the DOE is not serious about ensuring that every child is taught by a quality teacher. Had they been, there's a simple solution: limit the time unwanted teachers can collect a paycheck.
Recent public reports put the ATR pool at nearly 1,200 teachers.
Of those 1,200:
59% had been in the pool for more than two years
41% had been in the pool for more than three years
A quarter have been involved in disciplinary proceedings
A staggering 2/3 have not applied for a permanent position and don't seem to want to be full-time teachers.
1/3 of the pool had U-ratings
By the DOE's own admission, only 8% of teachers in the ATR pool are 'likely viable' as teachers.