Teacher Evaluation In The New York Times And In New York. Plus, Why Does Tom Loveless Hate The Finns?
This week’s TIME School of Thought column: Should Homeschool students play public school sports?
Teacher evaluation deal in NY – it’s significant and a pretty good deal. More action to come in NYC though so the theater lovers have additional scenes to look forward to.
You have to dig pretty far into today’s WashPost story on merit pay and Daniel Pink to get past the strawmen but if you do DC Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson succinctly sums up the pay and performance issue in a way our national debate over this generally fails to:
“A great teacher is not going to teach harder or better because there’s a bonus,” Henderson said in an interview. “But if they make a significant accomplishment, treating them the same way we treat the teacher who sent their kids backwards makes no sense. . . . This whole one-size-fits-all approach is so counter to me. There are very few occupations that have a lockstep pay schedule. . . .I’m in a situation where right now I have to change outcomes for kids. I don’t have the money to raise teachers’ salaries to $100,000 across the board. But I do have the money to reward my highest-performing teachers.”
Also on the teacher eval issue, good and fair Kristof column in The Times today on New Haven and the teacher evaluation initiative there. Elements of New Haven are part of the new NY deal. The real question though is how widely the New Haven approach can be implemented in a meaningful way in cities around the country. Despite today’s deal, which only came with a lot of pressure, jury’s out on that.
Joe Nathan looks at early-chilhood in MN. I’m a proponent of expanding access to early-childhood and improving quality but these programs are frequently oversold in terms of what the evidence shows today.