Essay on Measuring Merit: Pay for Performance

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Introduction The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB, 2011) has made increasing student achievement and reducing inconsistencies in the dissemination of teacher qualifications a national priority (Guarino, Brown, & Wyse, 2011). Classic fixed salary schedules that consider only a teacher’s education and years of experience have been popular since the 1920’s (Koppich, 2005). This traditional system was developed to counter gender and racial discrimination that was allowed at the time by more unrestricted systems (Dee & Keys, 2004). Claims were made that the prevailing system created salary equity between elementary teachers, most of whom were women, and secondary teachers, most …show more content…
According to President Obama, “Good teachers will be rewarded with more money for improved student achievement” (Smarick, 2011)
Problem Statement The purpose of this hypothetical study is to ascertain the potency of paying teachers for performance in order to promote the achievement of upper elementary students. Districts, challenged by a widening achievement gap, may need to reform their long established teacher salary schedules in the interest of attracting, motivating, and retaining high-quality teachers. It is time to develop and implement a professional compensation arrangement that recognizes the complex nature of the work and awards teachers for attaining knowledge and skills that contribute to improving student learning and produce higher test scores (Koppich, 2005). Although a prescription on how systems should be designed has not been determined, further experiments and pilot programs by districts and states are in order. As these are introduced, however, it is important to place an emphasis on how merit is measured, and bring them out in a way that produces and sustains effective evaluation (Podgursky & Springer, 2007). Review of Related Literature. Koppich claims it is not possible to discuss teachers’ compensation without taking up the issue of their evaluation (2004). According to Koppich (2004), Systems of peer review, that have been used for a decade or more in a dozen or more districts have shown considerable potential. Coupling a

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