Thursday, March 12, 2009

Merit Pay Miracles at MS 324M

I take it all back. the NY Post reports that merit pay does work miracles – if you look at MS 324 in Washington Heights,

where an experimental merit-pay program is working - parents, teachers and students were overjoyed yesterday that President Obama is on board. Principal Janet Heller and her mostly young and motivated educators said the merit pay is about showing respect for a job well done.

Just take a look at this astounding number: the percentage of students meeting math standards jumped to 71 percent from 39 percent the year before.

Holy cow! And all because of paying teachers $3000 extra a year. Imagine if it had been $4000!

(Mostly) young and motivated educators at MS 324 exuberant over Obama speech.

I can't wait for this year's results when the numbers jump above 100%. I have an idea. Pay teachers 10 grand extra and watch 8th graders do calculus.

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