The Unmet Promise of Merit Pay

    Somebody tell Randi and uncle Joel.

    Sunday, November 23, 2008

    by Bernadette Nakamura

    Once again, merit pay is being considered as the magical ingredient needed to fix the schools, this time in Washington, where Schools Chancellor Michelle A. RheeJay Mathews devoted his Oct. 6 Metro column to a discussion of this plan. Lest we forget that wants to offer sizable cash incentives to teachers who relinquish tenure protection and raise student test scores. Post education reporter pay-for-performance schemes have failed wherever they have been tried, here is a first-hand account of my Fairfax County experience.

    More at the Washington Post

    Some teacher comments on headline:

    Union Prez [good ole Randi]: Performance Pay Work

    SICKENING! - jp

    Is this really true: Has anyone done a study to compare similar schools without the merit/bonus program to see if their scores went up also? My school did not have the bonus/merit pay program and our test scores went up...WE went from a C to an A! - LN

    What a terrible admission. Translation to parents: I am not working as hard as I can to do the right thing for your child - give me $3,000 extra dollars and I will do it right. - LP

    Ed Notes' last post on Randi's statement.

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