Difficult, very stressful
Teacher (Current Employee) – Memphis, TN – October 19, 2015
None of our supervisors have ever had to work under the conditions they impose on us. Teachers are held responsible for student outcomes even when students come to the school dramatically below grade level. Administrators demonstrate their lack of understanding of the evaluation system for teachers repeatedly, yet are still allowed to evaluate. The evaluation system itself is supposed to be objective, yet when one particular administrator consistently scores everyone 1-2 levels below everyone else, no one will even address concerns that are raised. Advancement is based on who you know and who is your patron, rather than what you know and how much your existing subordinates enjoy working for you. The testing schedule takes students out of the classroom for as much as 5 weeks a year, yet teachers are expected to take students who are already dramatically below level and get them to pass the tests or risk punitive action. Raises are based on test outcomes on two days a year. Teachers risk punishment and termination and are held 100% responsible for test scores, when studies show that we only affect them at a 20-40% effect level.
25 min lunches, no other breaks, constant demand for work off the clock