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  •  Merit pay won't work there. But that's atypical. (0+ / 0-)

    I know anecdotally that my class size is double, triple that of other schools in my district.

    That's grossly unfair to you and your students, and generally nuts. The fact it precludes comparisons of teacher effectiveness is just one reason among many.

    My students, 9th and 10th graders, ranged from first through eighth grade achievement level.

    So you're supposed to teach 8 different grades of math? Prepare 8 different lesson plans every night? Insanity.

    My classes were capped at 15 (down from 30,) but the district could go three over - and did, because people wanted kids in my classes.

    You must be doing something right. Congratulations. And thank you!

    But -- sheesh. When resources are scarce, that's when it's most important to deploy them efficiently. And you can't tell what's efficient use of resources without good data. And you can't get good data without standardizing conditions to allow valid comparisons. Chaos breeds waste. Wow.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 06:02:39 PM PDT

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