September 24, 2019

We hear an awful lot about how the Dallas ISD education Reforms are working. One such Reform is the teacher evaluation system known as the Teacher Excellence Initiative (TEI) that began in 2013.

TEI is a test based reward and punish system. The better your stu...

January 16, 2019

Dallas Kids First (DKF), a local political action committee says they are dedicated to electing education Reform trustees to the Board of Dallas ISD. They sent out a fundraising email this week and indeed they need funds - to pay a fact checker.

Here's the first er...

November 26, 2018

I received this letter on July 27, 2018. Other than creating paragraphs, correcting one typo, and explaining the abbreviation DTR it is unedited. Knowing there is a push to implement the Dallas ISD merit pay system statewide (the Teacher Excellence Initiative or TEI),...

September 20, 2018

TEI Myth:  TEI is needed to identify highly effective teachers.      

FACT:  Master teachers and principals are capable of identifying the most effective teachers. 

- The initial cohort of ACE teachers were identified by princ...

September 19, 2018

TEI Myth: DISD Turnover has been 14% with the TEI. 

Source: Dallas ISD, TEI: 2017 Overview and Update (November 2017, Presentation to the Board of Trustees)

FACT:  The claims of 14% DISD teacher turnover are inaccurate, and incorporate only partial year data. Dalla...

September 18, 2018

TEI Myth:  TEI is a great recruiting tool.

FACT:  TEI attracts new and inexperienced teachers, and encourages the exit of experienced veteran teachers. 

  • DISD’s turnover rate has nearly doubled from 12% before TEI in 2012 to 22% after in 2016.  During t...

September 17, 2018

TEI Myth:   TEI is a valid tool for evaluating teachers.

FACT:  The RAND corporation, in a study released in 2018, concluded that a multi-year experiment in TEI-type teacher evaluations, not only failed to improve teacher effectiveness, but also failed to...

September 16, 2018

TEI Myth:  Over 90% of teachers received a salary increase for the 2017-18 school year.

FACT:   Although technically a true statement, when you factor in inflation, rising health care premiums, and retirement contributions 81% of teachers received no increase or an...

September 15, 2018

The Teacher Excellence Initiative (TEI) scorecards for Dallas ISD teachers were released to some teachers this week. However, do to a technical glitch the majority of teachers still do not have their results.  The cards contain a summary of the teacher’s effectiveness...

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