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Pay For Performance: Let’s Negotiate

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.

1 Comment

  1. David H. Wilkins

    While I’m very much in favor of “pay for performance”, I think that the starting “pay” for teachers is too low to begin with. Non-tenure private sector jobs where bonuses and handsome pay increases are common generally start out at a much higher pay scale.

    Both of my kids want to be teachers. I’ve encouraged them to follow their passion. I’ve also gently pointed out that nearly all of the teachers we know have alternate sources of income.

    Would more teachers be in favor of pay for performance if their starting pay was more in line with private sector jobs?

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