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Education, experience don't make good teachers, TN research shows

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Teacher effectiveness is not related to either experience or advanced degrees, according to research presented to the State Board of Education this morning. / The Tennessean / File
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By Lisa Fingeroot / The Tennessean

Research conducted by the Tennessee Department of Education shows teacher effectiveness is not related to either experience or advanced degrees, according to a presentation made to the State Board of Education this morning.

The board was shown graphs using teacher evaluations as an effectiveness measurement and told the graphs show that the two attributes that usually add to teacher salaries - years of experience and advanced degrees - have no relationship to effectiveness. The research was created by a new internal research team in the department and was based on teacher evaluations for the 2011-12 school year.

The final results of those evaluations have not been released to the public.

The department was was instructed to continue the research and come back to the board with information that could lead to a revamped pay scale that rewards teachers for performance.

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