Friday, March 16, 2012

Survey: Teacher Confidence In Student-Based Merit Pay At All-Time Low

USA Today (3/16, Toppo) reports that according to a newly-released survey from educational publisher Scholastic, "despite years of rhetoric from lawmakers and education reformers about the importance of tying teacher pay to student test scores, fewer teachers now think the move will keep good teachers in the classroom." The survey found that only 16% of respondents "believe linking student performance and teacher pay is 'absolutely essential' or 'very important' in retaining good teachers. That's down from 28% in 2010. In all, only 52% of teachers say it'll make any difference at all, down from 65% two years ago, the first year the survey was done."

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