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2012-08-09 12:48:27

A bonus payment to teachers can improve student academic performance – but only when it is given upfront, on the condition that part of the money must be returned if student performance fails to improve, research at the University of Chicago shows. The study showed that students gained as much as a 10 percentile increase in their scores compared to students with similar backgrounds – if their teacher received a bonus at the beginning of the year, with conditions attached. There...

2010-01-29 11:01:00

SEATTLE, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ --The following blog post was published on January 24, 2010, by Shafeen Charania, author of the synthesis blog, winner of the 2008 Weblog award for best new blog, and Time.com's 25 best blogs of 2009. Merit pay is only effective in individual (not team), and highly competitive jobs. "If only we had better teachers, then everything would be great" is a common refrain. And the silver bullet is now merit pay for teachers - implying that each teacher will be...

2008-10-13 09:00:37

By John Florez Bridge to nowhere? How about an education to nowhere? That's what the Utah Legislature has been doing -- wasting time and money over how public education should operate -- yet none can tell us what it is supposed to produce; it's all about process, rather than results. It's the education to nowhere. We are "A Nation at Risk," warned the National Commission on Excellence in Education decades ago of our outdated education system; yet our lawmakers continue to ignore the...

2008-08-30 09:00:54

By Strawn, Candace A Fox, Rebecca K; Duck, Lloyd Abstract: One controversial aspect of No Child Left Behind is the highly qualified provision. The 2001 act required that teachers of core academic subjects be highly qualified by 2006 or school districts would lose federal funding. Virginia districts are still scrambling to hire qualified teachers. Although the federal government has modified the 2006 deadline, two forces compete, the national legislation versus the reality that there are too...

2008-08-28 15:00:57

By Mose Durst Recent reports about 24 percent of California high school students dropping out of high school prior to graduation are just the latest news of student failure. We already know about violence in schools and the low scores on math and verbal tests. The consequences for our students and our society are ominous: Minimum-wage jobs, a lack of a skilled work force, financial pressure on families and billions of dollars lost to the economy as skilled jobs travel to countries with...

2008-08-27 12:01:10

By JOHN SENA One day last fall, two fourth-grade boys at Cesar Ch vez Elementary School, an economically disadvantaged school on the south side, spent most of the morning flinging bits of eraser at each other. The teacher, in her first year in the classroom, tried everything. She separated the boys. She scolded them. Nothing worked. Eventually she asked them to leave. Later, a reading and writing exercise fell flat, leaving her frustrated and puzzled. In contrast, fourth-grade students...

2008-08-20 06:00:49

By U S Rep Tom Tancredo Last week, Gov. Bill Ritter and former Gov. Roy Romer wrote a column about the state of education in America. In it, I believe they've unwittingly made a powerful argument for precisely the kind of educational reform that they have publicly opposed for many years: school choice. In 10 years, the governors want to cut the high school dropout rate in half and double the number of college degrees awarded to in- state Colorado students. These are great goals for our...

2008-08-08 09:01:20

By WHITNEY WOODWARD By Whitney Woodward The Associated Press RALEIGH North Carolina public school teachers will see their annual performance bonuses sliced by almost 30 percent under a plan approved by the State Board of Education on Thursday. It's the first time that they won't receive the maximum amount the program allows, a move necessitated by a cap on the state money used to fund the bonuses and an increase in the number of schools qualifying for the merit pay. State...

2008-07-02 06:00:52

By Patterson, Janice Manning, Maryann WHAT MAKES A TEACHER EFFECTIVE? National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 2006. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education advances an agenda that calls for extensive teacher preparation. This brochure explains in great detail why all educators need rigorous training in order to perform their jobs effectively. This publication explains the process of teacher preparation by referencing several examples of classroom-...

2008-06-24 06:00:00

By Lisa Schencker The Salt Lake Tribune By Lisa Schencker, The Salt Lake Tribune Jun. 24--If any teacher would benefit from performance pay, it likely would be Brian LeStarge. The Churchill Junior High School science teacher is beloved by students, known for his hands-on approach and won a Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education this year. But LeStarge isn't sure yet whether he would want to participate in a performance pay program. "It would be nice to pay people more based on...


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