dripped out about his merit pay plan the details of the plan finally spilled
high VAM scores at 36 schools with poor test results to stay at them the first
year, with an opportunity to make that, half that or nothing depending on test
results over the next two additional years.
teachers with high VAM scores to transfer to one of the 36 schools with an
opportunity to make that, half that or nothing depending on test results over
the next two years.
lot more than what I reported before, 20k over 3 years and what was given in
Incentives for High Performing Teachers study, which was 20 k over two years.
because of all the variation that may occur.
schools are effective and transfers to high schools have never been studied. It
seemed to work well in elementary school but that’s it.
I have to tell you if you were doing the same job as me and making 20 k more I
think it would piss me off especially if the difference between us were a
percentage point or two and the distance was a wall.
then just on the elementary grade level.
brightest and most experienced to our needy schools and still bring in a
hundred TFA teachers? It doesn’t make sense. Okay that’s a little off topic but
it is a head scratcher.
That’s a big gamble for Vitti and the district to make
but to be honest I don’t see a huge down side, we really do need to get our
most experienced teachers to our neediest schools and where I would have rather
seen the district put in place supports like smaller classes, behavioral
support, discipline back up along with a few other things, this amount of money
will see a fair amount of great teachers roll the dice. The problem is I don’t
see the upside being too high. I ultimately think at best results will be mixed
unless we put in supports for kids and teachers alike and commit to keeping
them there because if we don’t whatever gains the schools experience they will
lose and be right back in the same position in four years as the best teachers
flee the second the money is turned off.