‘Merit pay’ for 99% of teachers

Is it ‘merit pay’ if nearly all teachers get it? Minnesota’s Q Comp was supposed to give bonuses to the most effective teachers. But . . .

In 22 school districts whose Q Comp practices were examined by the Star Tribune, more than 99 percent of teachers in the program received merit raises during the most recent school year.

Only 27 of the roughly 4,200 teachers eligible did not get a pay raise.

Raises are based primarily on “whether teachers successfully complete evaluations and training, rather than on student performance,” reports the Star Trib.  There’s no sign that Q Comp has improved teaching or learning.

Via NCTQ Bulletin.

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Comments

  1. Don’cha know that ALL teachers are above average?

    Just like their students.

  2. Perhaps Lake Woebegone High School isn’t so much a particular school as a state of mind.

  3. Terri W says:

    You have to wonder what those 27 teachers did to distinguish themselves.

  4. Andy Freeman says:

    > You have to wonder what those 27 teachers did to distinguish themselves.

    I’d bet that their either volunteered to make a point or annoyed an administrator and/or some local elected officials.