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Sunday, 22nd November 2009

Eight Reasons Not to Tie Teacher Pay to Standardized Test Results

Eight Reasons Not to Tie Teacher Pay to Standardized Test Results
Source: Century Foundation

Should teachers be judged by how well their students perform on standardized test? The U.S. Department of Education has determined that the answer is “yes.” In the proposed rules for the Race to the Top Fund—the federal program that is seeking to distribute $4.3 billion in aid to states that are implementing innovative and ambitious plans for increasing student achievement—Education Secretary Arne Duncan insists that in order to receive these funds, states should be ready evaluate and compensate teachers based in part on how well their students perform on standardized tests.

In a new issue brief, Eight Reasons Not to Tie Teacher Pay to Standardized Test Results released today by The Century Foundation, Fellow Gordon MacInnes points out why this plan doesn’t make the grade. According to MacInnes, the problems with the plan range from the government’s rationale for the plan, to its ability to implement the rules fairly among states with widely differing educational standards.

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