12/16/2009

Merit pay for teachers is not an effective strategy for improving teacher quality or student learning, argues longtime educator and author Kim Marshall in this opinion article. Rewarding teachers for higher student test scores undermines teamwork among teachers and overlooks those whose subjects cannot be measured by standardized tests, Marshall writes. He adds that current tests are poor measurements of important skills like writing and critical thinking, which could fall by the wayside in the quest for financial rewards.

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