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Come again? One would think that something as important as Merit Pay or Merit-Based Pay would fly a little farther up the news flag pole locally but sadly that is not the case. No worries, Teaching Underground has you covered. In fact we've had you covered on the topic of Merit Pay something like six times already. We will say again with a loud and unwavering voice that making kids part of the pay equation is a bad idea. Don't believe us? Keep reading.
"Merit Pay" seems like a Panacea for all that ails schools performance wise, but also financially.
Can this be so? The concept is to boost student achievement and improve our schools using bonuses for teachers. Many are supporting this flawed concept. Common sense and mounting evidence suggests Merit Pay is not only a failed solution but that it is not even an improvement. For this idea to be suggested is contrary to what most educators already know.
Nashville schools were part of the most scientific evaluation to date and after 3 years of study Matthew Springer, executive director of the National Center on Performance Incentives announced the following:.
“We tested the most basic and foundational question related to performance incentives — Does bonus pay alone improve student outcomes? – and we found that it does not.”
|Bad reform ideas seem more contagious than good ones.|
We could separate Merit Pay and Value Added(another topic we've covered pretty well) and they both amount to Pay for Performance. You can pay me for what I do, or, you can pay me for what my students do. The latter is a bad a idea and no sound example of the former truly exists. That does't change the fact that current compensation practices are inadequate and potentially outdated. I can only hope is the same will soon be true for Merit Pay. Most teachers simply ask they be paid what they are really worth something that is rarely the case.
In the meantime we plan on doing our best to "educate" our local representatives on the subject with the hope that Merit Pay might not progress far beyond consideration. We'd encourage you to voice whatever our your view is as well.