The Duluth System for Rating Teachers

John L. Bracken
1922 The Elementary school journal  
Duluth has experienced a considerable variety of teacherrating systems. In the main, the rating has been based on training and experience, but certain variations have occasionally been introduced. The first of these variations provided for double increases in salary which were granted by the Board of Education on the recommendation of the superintendent of schools. The last proceeded from the ruling of the Boaid of Education that the salaries of all teachers appointed for the school year should
more » ... be based on their proved teaching merit. This decision was arrived at after the usual ratings for the central office files had been executed by the principals and supervisors. The blank which was used did not lend itsell readily to the ranking of teachers, and some confusion as to the officers entitled to rate certain teachers was evident. A cabinet composed of teachers, supervisois, and principals approved the final plan for the system's salary application which provided that 86 per cent of the teachers should receive the normal salary increase of $75, that 7 per cent should receive an increase of $125, and that the remaining 7 per cent should receive an addition of but $25 to their salary foi the next school year. This approval was given with the understanding that a rating system was inevitable and that a system affecting as small a number of teachers as possible was most advisable. The successwhich attended the operation of this hastily conceived system was not remarkable. It was generally admitted that the rating system had complicated educational matters to a great extent. Accordingly, the newly elected superintendent of schools announced at the beginning of the year 1921-22 that the rating system would not operate in the adjustment of the next year's contracts and asked for the appointment of a committee from the various levels of the instructional staff to co-operate in the formation of a new lating system for teachers. IIO
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