1 year ago on 01/28/2017 at 10:56 AM
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WHEN A CANDIDATE SAYS THEY ARE IN FAVOR OF MERIT PAY IT MEANS THAT OUR SPECIAL NEEDS AND MORE CHALLENGING STUDENTS LOSE: The reason why merit pay is not fair because school administrators will assign high performing students to favored teachers and underperforming students to less favored teachers to tank their ratings in Park Ridge. Some teachers that have certain skills that work best with difficult student populations—some students that lack that capabilities to perform highly due to certain disabilities—will be reluctant to take on those students. This is SO damaging to our most vulnerable students—ADHD, LD, TBI and our kids who don't test well— who will be shunned by teachers who are at risk of being given negative ratings in their reviews. Do you want your children to be shunned by teachers who are afraid of losing their high performing rating? To lose our dedicated and highly trained teachers who would otherwise take on such challenging students?

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1 year ago on 01/28/2017 at 11:18 AM

In a fair merit system, the teachers would be given an equitable distribution of children based on test scores. Teachers would not have the abilty to pick and choose students. Quit trying to protect a class that doesn't want to be judged and held to performance standards.

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1 year ago on 01/28/2017 at 11:41 AM

How do you propose we measure performance? I hope your not saying we simply give everyone a raise each year.

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1 year ago on 01/28/2017 at 11:41 AM

In a fair system, you are correct, teachers would be given an equal distribution of challenging students. This is not the case in reality. I am not just trying to protect teachers! I am trying to protect the education of my underperforming student that we have been working with tirelessly with. I don't want her discarded as a student no one wants to teach because her performance will effect their rating

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1 year ago on 01/28/2017 at 11:44 AM

This is why we need people who understand how education works. Teachers should not be treated like salesmen working for commission! The main focus should always be the children's needs.

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1 year ago on 01/28/2017 at 11:50 AM

It's not damaging to our students but the opposite if implemented by measuring the child's improvement under the teacher. You measure the child's ability at the start of the year and at the end. Its called Curriculum Based Measurement. You're not disadvantaging special needs, but giving an incentive for teachers to produce as much improvement out of their pupils as possible in a given year. Why wouldn't we want to encourage such a behavior?

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1 year ago on 01/28/2017 at 11:56 AM

You are assuming that the students have the mental capacities to perform. You are assuming that the students have support at home to achieve. There are so many more variables that you can not even wrap your brain around.

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1 year ago on 01/28/2017 at 12:09 PM

I don't support merit pay. I teach at Maine South. Now, it's not hard for me to show that I have improved student learning. Give a pre-test before the unit, teach the unit well (with quizzes in the middle to check understanding), give a post test. What I hate is spending SO many days throughout the year on pre-tests. I would rather have that time back for other enriching classroom activities and projects.

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1 year ago on 01/28/2017 at 12:09 PM

Those variables can be considered in setting the goals of a teacher each year and remember you are looking at it over an average of the class room. You would also not measure a teacher solely on this. Many key performance indicators should go into measuring performance as one statistic alone doesn't do it alone. It's not the end of the world to want to have our teachers compensation related to performance to some degree, remembering performance is improvement not just a reference to a benchmark.

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1 year ago on 01/29/2017 at 1:50 PM

Merit pay makes complete sense in business. Schools and government programs should not be run like a business.

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1 year ago on 01/29/2017 at 5:01 PM

Not a teacher. But how do you measure a teachers success? Those that succeed at a higher rate should receive pay accordingly? If I was a teacher and new i did more than someone else then i would want to be compensated otherwise what is the point in trying your hardest? Again not a teacher so looking for feedback

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