In some Idaho districts, teachers’ merit pay is based on parent attendance at conferences.
At Wendell High, up to 70 percent of the possible bonus is based on how many parents show up for conferences. To earn the maximum bonus, the teacher must inspire at least 40 percent of parents to attend.
Wendell Middle School bases half of the school’s pay-for-performance plan on the percentage of students who complete their portfolios for student-led conferences. Ninety percent of portfolios must be completed to trigger the maximum bonus. The theory is that if students do portfolios, parents will show up.
Do teachers really control whether parents come to school?
The future of teachers means accepting parent power, writes RiShawn Biddle.