California teachers want to know how the governor’s merit pay proposal would work, reports the Sacramento Bee.
Last week, Republican state Sen. George Runner introduced a bill, sponsored by the governor, that would amend the California Constitution to tie teacher and school administrator pay to performance evaluations and student improvement on state standardized tests. Such a move would be a dramatic departure from the current system, which compensates seniority and advanced degrees, not test scores or performance.
The bill also extends the probationary period to win tenure for new employees from two years to 10. It requires all information to be posted on the Internet. The rest is left to individual districts.
There, experts say, merit pay could flourish – or fail.
Or be watered down to nothing. As Education Professor Michael Kirst says, it might be better to experiment with Wyoming, not California.