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Consider the facts of teacher performance pay, researchers say



As Florida pursues major changes to teacher evaluations, pay and contracts, the arguments against the ideas have grown loud and passionate. Two University of Arkansas education researchers who have helped develop such plans suggest that some of the biggest criticisms can be overcome.

An example: 

"Performance pay benefits only teachers of the highest-performing students. This would be true in a system focused on year-end test scores. But thoughtful programs (and the Florida legislation) focus on student growth through the year. Because low-performing students potentially have the greatest room to grow, Florida's performance pay proposal will likely encourage our best teachers to work with the neediest students."

Read their entire piece from today's Opinion pages, and then let us know your opinion.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:54am]


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