Strategic Compensation Requires Collaboration

Emily Douglas writes about the importance of motivation in helping develop a strategic compensation approach.  She specifically notes that collaboration is critical in order for such a system to be successful.  She also wisely adds that strategic compensation alone is not a “magic bullet” for education. I tend to agree with Emily.  Here’s why. My […]

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About Those Value-Added Models

Via KnoxViews, a Princeton professor offers this analysis of Value-Added Modeling (VAM) — which is being used in many areas to evaluate teachers.  Some are even proposing using VAM to determine merit-pay schemes and/or to decide which teachers to fire. In fact, in Tennessee, teachers are now rated on a 1-5 scale based in large part […]

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Teacher Impact on Student Earnings

So, I’m aware that this study received attention in early January. And it was even mentioned in President Obama’s State of the Union. But, it keeps getting cited as further evidence that we need to fire more teachers to improve student achievement. Here’s the finding that gets all the attention: A top 5 percent teacher […]

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The Teacher Quality Talk

In this article, President and CEO of SCORE (Tennessee’s Statewide Collaborative on Reforming Education) Jamie Woodson says, “The number one factor of a student’s success is effective teaching in the classroom.” This is the claim made by lots of education reformers these days. The same reformers go on to tell us we need to better […]

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