Sunday, June 07, 2009

Merit Pay, Teacher Pay, and Value Added Measures

Merit pay won't work. I hope Curmudgeon ( ) doesn't mind that I am posting it here. It is too good not to share with everyone.


appple said...

great find. thanks to you and curmudgeon for sharing.

ChiTown Girl said...

That was fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

Curmudgeon said...

Me, too!

sandi said...

I am reposting this!

We have Value-added in my state (TN). It is based on our state mandated test given around April every year (not a fall to spring test). I keep all of my Value-added scores and they show a three year span. It's funny to me that with Group X that I had in 2004, my VA score was, say, 73 (bc these numbers make little sense anyway). Then when I look at my 2005 VA score the next year, Group X's score from 2004 went DOWN. How'd this happen since I didn't have them?
Oh, it's because they take into account that things could have changed. It might have been a fluke that their scores were really good so when they didn't do as well the next year, their score was adjusted...... at least that's the reply I got when I questioned it. Makes a lot of sense, right? Not to me, either.

As of right now we don't have merit pay, thank goodness. I don't want my pay based on a test that is given once a year to children who can (and sometimes do) refuse to try simply bc they are pissed at someone that day. And my Value-Added scores are usually pretty good.