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1.13.2006

Pay For Grades

"By a 9-0 vote, the Houston school board approved a plan that offers teachers as much as $3,000 in extra pay if their students improve on state and national tests. The program could be expanded to provide as much as $10,000 in merit pay for teachers."

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

What will happen next, some teacher will get in trouble for figuring out a way to improve their students grades by cheating!!

miz.gina said...

Ok I am about to get on my soap box...

Part of what is wrong with the kid's education in Texas is that they ONLY teach the stuff that will show up on the TAKS tests! The first week of school they start talking about these tests! They ignore any area of learning that will not boost these scores.

They almighty score improvement is ALL they see. Do you know that they do not even teach the kids how to diagram sentences anymore? Most kids don't know a noun from an adjective, then they wonder why our children can not speak properly. Meanwhile they have a Blue Ribbon school! It is stupid and our kid's are paying the price!

Ok, stopping myself and putting away the soap box.

Anonymous said...

They also no longer teach handwriting in school. Even with computers, people still need to be able to write legibly.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm, fail the slow kids or collect my 3 grand? No brainer.

Anonymous said...

Some schools may not be teaching children how to diagram sentences, but my child's school district does. That may be more of a teacher or district preference.

I do agree that the state, not the school districts, are the ones to blame for making the schools teach the stuff on the TAKS test.

Anonymous said...

Texas teachers must teach the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
The TAKS test which miz.gina mentioned tests their comprehension of those named skills. If a teacher teaches only those things that will show up on the TAKS test, then that teacher has fulfilled the law and could possibly get his or her contract renewed. Merit pay is a ridiculous mistake because it is so subjective. Every classroom has different students with different gene pools and abilities. Only idiots think that all students can all pass the same test. It is against all research ever performed concerning human beings. To base merit pay on testing is ludicrous and will no doubt hard feelings.

Anonymous said...

11:08 A.M. has an interesting point. I have been griping for a long time now about the lack of teaching "cursive" writing in schools. Both of my kids (one a freshman in college, and the other a sophomore in high school) basically print everything--in spite of my telling them that cursive is inherently faster. The schools start off with a printing style that is close to cursive, then push cursive for about ONE year in school, then drop the subject and let the students do "whatever they feel like doing", which for the majority of them, is printing. The one year of cursive DOES NOT get them to writing cursive--they have been printing for many years, and they naturally revert back to what they can do best.