A study by Learning Point Associates, The View from Generation Y, found that young teachers are more open to the idea of varying pay based on performance and responsibilities — but that they don’t consider performance pay to be the key to improving teacher quality and retention.
Researchers surveyed and conducted focus groups of teachers from around the country who were born after 1977. The teachers considered parental involvement, class size, learning opportunities and salary raises across the board to be more important factors than performance pay, according the report.
Another nuanced finding? That these young teachers value their unions’ preservation of tenure protections, but that they think the unions protect ineffective teachers.
To the many Gen Y-ers in Oakland and the East Bay: How do your views mesh with these findings? Do you agree with the corresponding policy recommendations?
How about Boomers? Gen X-ers?