Little Merit in Rush to Report Merit Pay Report

Mathematica reports and journalists have proven to be problematic—as I noted about the Mathematica claims about KIPP middle schools. With a fresh Mathematica study, Talent Transfer Initiative: Attracting and Retaining High-Performing Teachers in Low-Performing Schools, also comes the rush to report: Top Teachers Retained Effectiveness After Transfer, Study Shows, Stephen Sawchuck at Education Week What Happens […]

Of Babies and Bathwater: Can We Separate the Common Core, Various Materials, and Assessments?

Back in the ’90s, when the Math Wars raged (and they still do), I thought that if only the US Dept. of Ed was like the Ministry of Education in Japan, and could impose a national curriculum in mathematics, with a well-organized method of getting feedback on a lesson-by-lesson basis, fed through carefully-constructed local, state, […]

The P&C, Here We Go Again; Or, Let’s Link Journos’ Pay to Doing the Research

The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) has yet to see a bad education reform idea it could reject. This time they are endorsing merit pay and linking teacher pay to student test scores. I sent this letter to the editor: It is careless and irresponsible journalism to continue to endorse education reform that has no […]

My new one @huffingtonpost on merit pay for doctors/teachers

This time, posted in the Politics section. Give it some legs folks, give it some legs.

It’s Not You, It’s Them

In today’s New York Times Sunday Week in Review, there’s an article titled, It’s Not Me It’s You, However, when it comes to the clear message of this academic research on education reform and the need to end high stakes testing, what is comes across loud and clear is it’s not you, it’s them.  It’s […]

McIntyre Uses Fear Card Against Knoxville Teachers in Hopes of Building Support for Merit Pay Scheme

Despite well-funded astroturf groups, the support of the Chamber of Commerce and the State Business Roundtable, and the unceasing positive spin by local corporate media, Eli Broad’s Jim McIntyre’s budget plan in Knoxville is in trouble.   Today teachers will be held after school to hear new scare tactics and threats about what will happen if […]

Montgomery County #superintendent invites @danielpink to chat about motivation

Giving a shout out to a newer blog for covering Daniel Pink’s invitation to speak by Montgomery County superintendent Joshua Starr. This is a great move by Starr who is inviting book talks from folks with different perspectives on education. Here’s what’s so radical: Extrinsic motivators, such as financial incentives, helped speed up assembly lines […]

@thechalkface on WTDY, episode 3 available with Ceresta Smith of FL. She kicks a**

Here’s the show page, check it out and support @thechalkface. We chat with Ceresta about merit pay and dubious teacher bonuses based on test scores.

#Atthechalkface today at 1:30 on #blogtalkradio, episode 35

An early show today, check it out, progressive education chat! We’ll discuss vouchers, teacher evaluations, and the eradication of creativity in schools. Listen live or an archive, enjoy.

Expelling Care from the Teacher-Child Relation

Published at Common Dreams: Expelling Care from the Teacher-Child Relation by Jim Horn and Rachel Squires Bloom The social impact of high stakes testing in poor urban schools has grown particularly acute over the past 10 years.  For beyond the shrinkage of school curriculums to fit the narrow boundaries of annual tests, along with the disappearance of […]

The Folly and Unfairness . . .Part II

p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } THE FOLLY AND UNFAIRNESS OF TYING TEACHER SALARIES TO TEST SCORES Rachel Squires Bloom Part Two:  How Tying Teacher Salaries to Test Scores Will Unravel the Student-Teacher Bond Tying teacher pay to standardized test scores would […]

Teacher Merit Pay Has No Merit, Again

First, the ground-splitting Vanderbilt study.  And now this from New York City, a study conducted, no less, by pay for performance fan, Roland Fryer.  If this doesn’t finally end the fascination with this line of stupidity, what will.  From Elizabeth Green at Gotham Schools (ht to Monty Neill): New York City’s heralded $75 million experiment […]

#Teacher incentives #merit less

An interesting report out on the apparent lack of merit on teacher incentives. Granted, this is in one school system (NYC), albeit a large one with a substantial sample. Admittedly, I have to actually read it over, but here’s the abstract: Financial incentives for teachers to increase student performance is an increasingly popular   around the […]

Teachers as Widgets

The conversation on teacher pay continues. I can’t remember if I’ve referenced this before, but I read a great book a few years ago called Motherteacher by this curmudgeon named Redding Sugg.  Well, he at least sounded like one based on the tone of his writing. There was one quote, I’ll have to look it […]

Baltimore Teachers Union releases new contract

So, check it: Baltimore Teachers Union releases new contract –  I consider all the budget woes we’re going through right now in higher education, this does not sound like a bad gig: an automatic two percent raise and a $1500 stipend?  I might not get another raise for three or so years, no COLA increases, […]


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