Although it remains a controversial issue, merit pay has long since evolved from the days when test scores were the single factor in determining whether a teacher would get paid for performance. Nowadays a number of school districts across the country have developed multi-pronged plans aimed at equitably rewarding teachers for their accomplishments. Nonetheless, the
The New York Times is reporting that a “program that distributed $56 million in performance bonuses to teachers and other school staff members over the last three years will be permanently discontinued” because a study by the RAND corporation found that “the bonuses had no positive effect on either student performance or teachers’ attitudes toward their
Look on the back of their baseball card. That’s the common reply from baseball managers and general managers around the major leagues when asked about what kind of production they expect from a player in an upcoming season. It is a reference to the career stats of baseball players, which appear on the back of their
Across the country, policies to link teachers to student performance are on a fast track. Spurred by the competition for federal Race to the Top and Teacher Incentive Grant dollars, several states changed laws and regulations that govern the use of teacher-student data in order to put themselves in a favorable position to win the grants.