February 25, 2008

Teacher performance-pay distributions in Tampa

Yesterday and today, the St Petersburg Times has been covering the distribution of performance pay among different schools in Hillsborough County (one of the few in Florida where the union and school board agreed to the state's merit-pay provisions). See the main story from yesterday and also a tale of two teachers, a basic Q&A sidebar, and then play around with school-level statistics.

What the Times has documented is that teachers were more likely to receive the bonuses in schools where students are more likely to be from well-off families. The district says they'll tinker with the formula for next year. While I love David Tyack and Larry Cuban's book with tinkering in the title, I'm skeptical that tinkering will work in this case.

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Posted in Accountability Frankenstein on February 25, 2008 8:39 AM |