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  •  We've already seen similar consequences (4+ / 0-)

    with scoring schools, via NCLB and standardized testing. I don't know about other states, but here in Texas, some schools were regularly not testing special ed students, even if they were capable of taking the standardized tests that other kids were taking, so to not bring down the overall test scores of the schools. As result, the state had to require all spec ed students take some sort of test, even very low functioning students. Even then, it was found out that some schools were still looking for ways to keep spec ed students from taking the tests.

    If they would willing "game" with students like this over NCLB, what would stop them from gaming the system over teachers' pay? And then, of course, as anyone who's worked in a school district would suspect, this gaming would surely favor certain teachers over others, regardless of their performance and ability, and may be even used to drive out good teachers simply because they weren't very well liked by an administrator or their fellow teachers.

    I had mentioned before that merit pay for teachers wouldn't work because there's no way to guarantee a fair, objective way of critiquing teacher performance, and as result, good teacher will flee struggling school districts or the teaching profession all together. It's ridiculous to suggest they can critique teacher performance in this manner. Anyone who's been in the classroom ought to know this.

    -8.50, -7.64 "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer." - Camus

    by croyal on Thu May 14, 2009 at 09:01:00 PM PDT

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