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  • Performance-Based Pay for Education

    On Google’s Knol site, Heritage senior policy analyst Dan Lips and Joydeep Roy, Lawrence Mishel and Sean Corcoran from the Econimc Policy Institute and New York University are debating whether there is a place for performance-based teacher compensation in our public school system. Roy, Lawrence and Mishel argue that it’s difficult to measure a teacher’s role in the outcomes, standardized tests represent only a small fraction of what students know, and that few agree on what the output of education should be. Lips replies:

    First, policymakers should provide incentives for teachers that succeed in accomplishing specific objectives. One promising strategy is to provide bonuses to teachers who succeed in helping students to pass Advanced Placement exams. A program to do this in Florida has led to dramatic increases in minority students passing AP exams. A similar pilot project in Dallas has also succeeded in increasing AP passing rates.

    Second, policymakers should provide school-wide bonuses to high performing schools to encourage improvement throughout the school. States can encourage progress by providing financial awards to schools that make progress on certain outcome measures (like graduation rates and standardized tests). Under such a reward system, the school community as a whole benefits from improved academic achievement. Teachers could be given a say in how the bonus is distributed.

    Third, school leaders and principals should be given more authority, including the power to provide bonuses to the most effective teachers. Ultimately, a principal will be in the best position to determine which teachers are most effective. Reforms that give principals the power to determine how teachers are compensated should be welcomed as a promising strategy to move toward merit pay (without a sole focus on standardized test scores).

    The bottom line is that we need to move away from the uniform approach to teacher pay that prevails in American education. These performance-based pay strategies—including the use of standardized tests—offer a promising alternative.

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    5 Responses to Performance-Based Pay for Education

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    2. Barb - mn says:

      Public education at taxpayers expense should be education based on facts of basic curriculum from k-12. Art should be required from k-? to advance creativity. Early childhood education should not be mandated at taxpayers expense as there are many parents who have the will to bond with their children and teach their cultural values necessary. Curriculums should include facts of history including the basic courses necessary to establish independence at the age of adulthood. Biology is as far as "Sex Education" goes. Anything outside of biology is personal and not the responsibility of the taxpayers.

      Schools with cultural titles and teachings, this is personal, should not be tax paid. College education should not be mandated as those that pay for it are dedicated to make something out of it. Teachers should be rated by outside sources to avoid favoritism. Their ratings should be based on teaching ethic and students ability to adjust and advance within the school year at every grade level. All public schools should conform to the same teaching standards if at taxpayers expense. To include extra curriculum should be expensed out of pocket by those who participate. There should be no unions in any area of government as this drives irresponsibilities, no accountabilities and where those that don't earn an increase of pay are still granted.

      But why stop with teachers?

      To ensure transparency and integrity of those servicing in any positions of the government to the citizens, all should be paid for performance on the basis of the faith and belief and their conduct of position of the American: Constitution, Declaration of Independence, freedoms, civil law etc. We need only change in areas of increase of freedoms (limited government= less taxes=more freedom), and increased civil law as it apply's. Any wage increase to those servicing the public should be agreed upon the people they service.

      Because there are many taxpaid programs based upon individual race of humanity and programs that benefit people based on their culture and because of positions of service require preferential hiring, and because it is an increased expense to those who do not benefit and little to no expense to those that do, should be eliminated at tax payers expense. To be rid of these programs at tax payers expense would bring unity and responsibility. Culture is private and the cost is the responsibility of those of that culture. It would promote equality and initiate will to assimilate as this is what we were informed by the government to expect before the influxes. It would also increase private business, entrepreneurship and the free market. There should be no discriminating programs and discriminating education paid by taxpayers in any state of America.

      No part of government in America, should have a position to hire discriminately.

    3. Barb - mn says:

      Misprint to the above 3rd paragraph last sentence: Any wage increase to those servicing the public should be agreed upon the tax payers who fund them!

    4. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      The fundamental problem with the pubic education is the government monopoly. Taxpayer must be able to direct his funds to go to the parents and not to the government monopoly. It is called the voucher system. The public school must compete with other schools for students. Then only, pay for performance will mean something. Otherwise, there is no incentive to improve let alone pay for performance. The teachers union have a stranglehold on the public education to the detriment of the students. Look at the national test scores and the international OECD test scores. In the latter, fourteen year old's from the US finish well below average. But, we spend the highest per pupil per year.

      Public schools have become a baby sitting service catering to every politically correct scenario with no emphasis on the very basic reason for their existence- reading, writing, math and science.

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