by Max Brantley
Here's an op-ed by a former Washington Post writer who's examined merit pay at some depth. We're not expecting to see it picked up in the merit pay-loving D-G. Feel free to send it along to members of the LR School Board. The summary, before the writer addresses some of the fallacies of high-stakes testing:
Teachers ought to be subject to some form of merit pay; it has always seemed silly to me that they are compensated mainly for the number of years they stick around. But merit pay shouldn't mean simply rewarding teachers based on student test scores, as it does in many of the jurisdictions that are implementing it. To do that assumes that the bulk of a child's score is attributable to the performance of his classroom teacher and that the test tells you most of what you need to know about a child's progress.