In this blog posting from Ed Week, Bill Gates, who has impressive global philanthrophic ventures in education, discusses the way that teacher pay increases are structured in the U.S.. He contends that the raises in salary based on teacher education do not increase student achievement, and suggests a switch to a performance-based system. “When you design a system that is not measuring and rewarding performance, every element of it becomes ineffective,” he said, including “textbook design, professional development, master’s degrees, schools of education.”
What do you think, folks? Is merit pay a realistic, equitable, measurable system? Is experience and education a good measure of a teacher? Let us know what you think.
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