Social Media and Education

Standardized Testing – Merit Pay

Posted on: April 18, 2010

Should teachers be rewarded for their students’ success? School funding is largely dependent making yearly progress so shouldn’t our teachers’ pay be dependent upon those same tests? After all, if our students aren’t successful on those tests, isn’t it the fault of the teacher? Aren’t they the sole determining factor for a child’s success or failure? Please read this blog post by Michael Gorman. This is where education in Indiana is going.

Merit Pay: Forget Learning… Just Start Learn’en’ Them More!

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1 Response to "Standardized Testing – Merit Pay"

A few years back, two first grade teachers decided to place all of the high performing and well-behaved students in one grade 2 class and the remaining mall-adjusted and low performing students in the other grade 2 class. You can imagine how the following year progressed. One teacher had model students and a relatively easy time and one teacher worked twice as hard to accomplish far less in terms of student results. If we based merit pay on test results only, which teacher would get the bonus?

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