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The Answer Sheet Archive: Performance pay

2 false claims that drive school reform

"Accountability" and "merit" are compelling concepts, especially when we are talking about adults who are charged with educating our children. But the concepts have been misused in school reform, writes an educator.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 27, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  Accountability, Charter schools, Guest Bloggers, Performance pay, Teacher assessment  | Tags:  accountability movement, charter schools, geoffrey canada, merit pay, michelle rhee, performance pay, school choice, teacher pay, teachers, waiting for superman  
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Threats to school reform ... are within school reform

Educator Mike Rose writes: "There is a crisis in American education, and it involves mostly poor children, and thus it is a moral as well as educational outrage. But it is just not accurate to characterize public education itself as being in a 30-year crisis."

By Valerie Strauss  | October 20, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Mike Rose, No Child Left Behind, Performance pay, Race to the Top, School turnarounds/reform, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  Harlem children's zone, KPP, Teach for America, a nation at risk, curriculum, deborah meier, how to fix our schools, joel klein, manifesto, mike rose, narrowing of curriculum, no child left behind, poverty and schools, race to the top, reform manifesto, school reform, stephen j. gould  
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'Manifesto' should be resignation letter

Educator and researcher Kevin G. Welner writes that none of the reforms discussed in a "manifesto" for school reform by Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee and 14 other schools chiefs are grounded in research and are nothing more than fads and gimmicks.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 12, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Charter schools, Guest Bloggers, Kevin Welner, Performance pay, Research, School turnarounds/reform, Standardized Tests, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  charter schools, fixing schools, joel klein, klein manifesto, klein rhee, manifesto, merit pay, michelle rhee, obama and school reform, obama and schools, president obama, reform manifest, rhee manifesto, school reform  
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Ravitch: The long, failed history of merit pay and how the Ed Department ignores it

Education historian Diane Ravitch writes: "Few people realize that merit pay schemes have been tried again and again since the 1920s. Belief in them waxes and wanes, but the results have never been robust." And a day after a big study was released showing that performance pay made no difference, the Education Department handed out millions of dollars for the development of merit pay programs.

By Valerie Strauss  | September 29, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Diane Ravitch, Guest Bloggers, Performance pay, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  $1.2 billion and merit pay, diane ravitch, education department and merit pay, merit pay, merit pay study, performance pay, ravitch book, study on performance pay, vanderbilt study  
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Study: N.Y. teacher performance pay program flops

On the heels of a study about an ineffective program in Chicago linking student test scores to teacher pay, here's another one, with the same results, from a New York program. Do you see a pattern?

By Valerie Strauss  | June 8, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  No Child Left Behind, Performance pay, Teachers  | Tags:  d.c. teachers contract, merit pay, michelle rhee, nclb, performance pay, teachers, teachers performance pay, test scores and pay  
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