Nevertheless, rewarding those who get the most from their students can’t possibly hurt.
Education reformers argue Indiana now has a system that will reward teachers based on merit, and we won’t argue with that. The problem is coming up with an adequate measuring stick.
What the state needs is a way to measure the progress of individual students. Rather than comparing last year’s third-graders to this year’s third-graders, the state needs to judge the way each student is performing now compared to how that student performed a year ago.
That is, after all, what we’re trying to measure, right? How much did the teacher really teach?