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Class Struggle: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

How to make teacher salaries look better

McKinsey & Company, the giant management consulting firm, has taken a deep, detailed look at teacher compensation and concluded that teachers are making significantly more than most of us, particularly our most academically successful college students, think they are.

By Jay Mathews  | September 24, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags:  Closing the talent gap,, McKinsey study shows college student underestimate how much teachers make, how to make teacher salaries look better, two average teachers married to each other are in the top 20 percent wealthiest households  
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Why grade-skipping should be back in fashion

I have seen no data to confirm this, but it seems to me that schools rarely consider skipping students ahead anymore. I have talked to Washington area administrators about this. They are uncomfortable with the approach. They think students who are above grade level learn better--with some extras thrown in--if they stick with kids their age.

By Jay Mathews  | September 22, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags:  Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa, Gifted Exchange blog, Zumi Elementary School, acceleration better than gifted education classes, grade skipping, grade skipping less common than before  
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First controlled study: Teacher merit pay doesn't work

Here is another blow to the scientifically battered but still fashionable idea of bonus pay for teachers: it didn't work in a controlled experiment in Nashville.

By Jay Mathews  | September 21, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags:  296 middle school math teachers in Nashville, RAND, Vanderbilt University, experiment says merit pay doesn't work  
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Rhee initiative that will, thankfully, outlast Rhee

As prospective mayor Vincent Gray’s education advisors begin to discuss changes in the way Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee ran D.C. schools, it should quickly become apparent they should keep their hands off one of Rhee’s smartest moves — handing management of Coolidge and Dunbar high schools to a sharp team of educators from New York City.

By Jay Mathews  | September 19, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags:  Bevon Thompson, Coolidge High School, Dunbar High School, Friends of Bedford, George Leonard, Michelle A. Rhee, Niaka Gaston, a reform that should outlast Rhee, best reading gains in D.C.  
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