Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pay for Performance Teacher Pay

Pay for Performance Teachers Pay | Is Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Listening to Teachers? 

Is Arne Duncan replacing or fixing NCLB?

Will Arne Duncan move to expand Race to the Top to force change on all public schools? Yes! 

Teacher Accountability vs Pay for Performance Is Race to the Top an equitable distribution of Federal resources?

Obama's Plan That Treats Teachers as Professionals?
▶ Increasing funding.  Our proposal contains the largest request for ESEA funding ever—both overall and for funds targeted towards teachers and leaders. It requests historic funding for teachers and principals—a 10-percent increase over the 2009–10 budget, to $3.9 billion. 
▶ Responding to teachers’ voices. We’ll require annual surveys of teachers and require districts to report the results. Teachers will collaborate in the design of new evaluation systems. EVALUATIONS FOR MERIT PAY?
▶ Sharing responsibility. The responsibility for improving student outcomes won’t fall on the teachers alone. States, districts, and school leaders will share that responsibility. Districts that are not supporting their schools, principals, and teachers will face interventions. 
▶ Improving evaluations. Working with teachers, principals, and other stakeholders, districts will improve evaluation systems for teachers and principals. These systems will consider student learning and other measures and will provide educators with better information to improve their practice.

Obama's Plan Rewards Excellence by:
▶ Rewarding success.  Great teachers will have advancement opportunities and additional compensation. PAY FOR PERFORMANCE!
▶ Focusing on growth. Teachers will get credit for accelerating the learning of 
students of all abilities. They won’t be judged simply by their students’ meeting absolute benchmarks. TEACHER EVALUATION BASED ON STUDENT PERFORMANCE!
▶ Supporting teachers in closing gaps. Schools and their teachers will not be 
labeled as failing if one group of students is not meeting targets. Instead, we 
will put in place supports to help them focus on closing achievement gaps, 
giving local officials the flexibility to choose how to do so. NOT TEACHERS? 
▶ Improving achievement through flexibility. In the vast majority of schools, districts, school leaders, and teachers will have the flexibility to decide how best to improve their schools and raise student achievement. They won’t be required to offer tutoring or school choice. WHAT? 
Obama's Plan Gives Teachers Time and Support by:
▶ Increasing collaboration time. There will be more support for time for teachers to collaborate, mentor, and work together to improve their practice.
▶ Holding preparation programs accountable. We will make sure teacher and leader preparation programs are accountable for preparing their graduates to be successful in classrooms. We will increase the investment in preparation.
▶ Funding relevant professional development. We will provide districts with support to implement professional development that is proven to give teachers knowledge and skills that help them improve their classroom practice.
▶ Improving principal leadership. More focus will be put on principal development and improving the quality of school leadership, including holding principals to the same effectiveness standards as teachers.

The U.S. Constitution leaves the responsibility for public K-12 education with the states.
The responsibility for K-12 education rests with the states under the Constitution. There is also a compelling national interest in the quality of the nation's public schools. Therefore, the federal government, through the legislative process, provides assistance to the states and schools in an effort to supplement, not supplant, state support. The primary source of federal K-12 support began in 1965 with the enactment of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

ESEA authorizes grants for elementary and secondary school programs for children of low-income families; school library resources, textbooks and other instructional materials; supplemental education centers and services; strengthening state education agencies; education research; and professional development for teachers. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB)is a reauthorization of ESEA. The law's express purposes are to raise achievement for all students and to close the achievement gap. This is done through accountability, research-based instruction, flexibility and options for parents, so that no child is left behind.

Total taxpayer investment in K-12 education in the United States for the 2004-05 school year is estimated to be $536 billion. 
Even in this current time of the war against terror, taxpayer investment in education exceeds that for national defense. In addition to the K-12 money mentioned above, taxpayers will spend an estimated $373 billion for higher education in the same school year. As depicted on the chart below, the United States is a world leader in education investment. However, nations that spend far less achieve higher levels of student performance.


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