In this morning’s Post, a first-year teacher, laid off due to the economic mess, discusses the growing number of proposals to link teacher pay directly with the test scores of their students.
She’s willing to give the idea a try, if certain conditions are met.
1. Teachers be assessed based on only those students with 90 percent or higher attendance.
2. Teachers be allowed to remove disruptive students from their classroom on a day-to-day basis.
3. Students who don’t achieve “basic” proficiency in a state test be prohibited from moving forward to the next class in the progression.
4. That teachers be assessed on student improvement, not an absolute standard — the so-called value-added assessment.
All honest, very reasonable ideas, recognizing the realities and complexities of being an educator in this country.
And none of it will ever happen.
Most of the politicians proposing “pay for performance” programs only want the simplest approach possible.
They don’t understand, or want to acknowledge, the many, many factors that affect student learning and the teaching process.