Should teachers receive incentive pay for improving student performance?

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Jim Kilkenny (not verified)

Most people believe that

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Most people believe that teaching is a zero sum growth industry. It's major function is to promote citizenship and an understanding of the technologies facing our nation so that we can be active citizens. You want to tell me how we focus that into an incentive pay system? If we say that we are going to get raises based on student improvement, what measure will we use and how will it be monitored? Does the measure have reliablility that it measures what it says it is going to measure? Is the measure norm referenced and are my students in the representative sample? What standards are the test marketers under, and how can their standards trickle down to the teacher? Perhaps to a district? Then again what are you asking a measure to do? Do we individualize education for our special needs student? Do we permit students with different learning styles? I want to get into the market and buy shares of pharmacuticals that sell antidepressantss or antipsycotic drugs, it this is a direction we think is going to save American education. I have a friend who is married to a woman who was raised in Russia. She says that we are more regulated that Russia at the height of Communism. How do we want to educate our young? What is our greater purpose? How should children be cared for and what is appropriate learning situations? Should we only look at school as an academic facility or should learning include the trades and manual arts? Is there a one shot way to solve all of education's ills? Is education responsible for all child rearing? Answer some of these and we can talk about merit pay.
Silvia (not verified)

I totally agree with Meghan.

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I totally agree with Meghan. There are to many factors involved. The two most important are the students actions and the parents. We work very hard in the classroom to teach; then when we put pressure on the students to learn what we are presenting we are called to the office for being to hard on our students. There are classes all over the United States that have over fifty students and most of those classes have four or five special needs students in them. Be real. How is that teacher supposed to meet all fifty students needs? Hold the teacher responsible and give her more pay? I don't think so! They are not Supermen/women. How about removing those students from the classroom that won't allow that teacher to teach? Instead of incentive pay, remove those teachers who are not doing their job. Raise the pay of all the other teachers. Help them with discipline. Make sure that all the students speak ENGLISH, so they can understand the teacher and then see what happens in the schools.
Mary D. (not verified)

High-stakes testing has

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High-stakes testing has already proved to corrupt and cause cheating. If one enters education to receive pay raises and bonuses one is sadly mistaken. Unity as a group of teachers to increase salaries is fine; using the students as a means of monetary advancement has lost the focus of education: the betterment of a child's abilities. Protecting a teacher due to seniority and not competence is the mistake that is being made.
Lori (not verified)

In many states, educators

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In many states, educators who obtain National Board Certification receive a stipend in addition to their contract-based salary. Incentive pay should be based on a variety of factors - not only student achievement. Does the educator obtain professional development - outside of mandatory system-based offerings? Does the educator participant in school-based committees? Does the educator question system-wide practices, participate in action research, and read research pertinent to their profession? The real question is: Does the education system value this type of educator....or does it value the educator who desires union security and follows administrative decisions regardless of professional knowledge in fear of retribution for thoughtful disagreement? I would appreciate incentive pay if there are checks and balances in place to make certain that rewards are based on merit not friendship.
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