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“incentive based pay?
Make the teachers who exceed mandated performance levels for students eligible for additional compensation. Over time, encourage those, who consistently fail to meet mandated performance levels, to seek other employment opportunities.”
I have to disagree with this because teaching, unlike corporate work where the bottom line is a measure of success is different. In teaching you have three parties - parents, teaches, and kids. The teacher could be doing all the right things and fail to get the kid to learn anything. The parents might not be involved meaning the kid doesn’t study nor do homework. Individual goals are good for some evaluations but typically you give out raises based upon corporate performance. If the year is good you give out raises. I like the idea of merit increases but would tie it to state performance not individual performance. There are too many teachers that would teach to the test in order to get a raise then teach the kid how to learn – which is far better but harder to quantify.
“This, frankly, seems to be another dart at the wall attempt to solve a problem.
Two years ago, Smiley thought "Palm Pockets" for every teacher was a solution.
Sometimes, it really seems they have no idea what to do.
Education is important.
So get the rowdy, disruptive element out of school and home with parents who can not or will not control them.”
I agree with this completely but just keep in mind that the simple act of getting rowdy under performing kids out of class will elevate test scores – making these teachers qualify for merit increases. Is this what we want? I say yes it’s a good start. Smirky wants job skills taught. If they are easier than the college level curriculum are these teachers going to get merit raises year after year? The subject is very convoluted and it’s too easy to say pay teachers based upon “merit” when in fact “merit” for a teacher is hardly even defined. Then there’s the whole other problem of outside influences affecting student performance which the teacher then pays the price for.
“Raise teacher compensation levels for those teachers who produce results year after year.”
See above but even the best corporations know that continuous improvement is not always attainable. We seem to have this production versus quality argument going on when in fact most folks know that in our haste to create zero defects production does sometimes suffer.
“Let's not forget; for the most part they work 9 months a year. When reference is made to second jobs, they're worked during those 3 months when school is out.”
One thing we should do is extend the school year like Germany, England and other industrialized nations. I could easily agree with going from 180 to 220 days per year.



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