Houston is about to become the biggest school district in the nation to tie teachers' pay to their students' test scores.
School Superintendent Abe Saavedra wants to offer teachers as much as $3,000 more per school year if their students improve on state and national tests.
The plan is divided into three sections, with as much as $1,000 in bonus pay each.
The first would award bonuses to all teachers in schools rated acceptable or higher,1 based on scores on the state's main standardized test.2 The second ties pay to student improvement on a standardized test that compares performance to nationwide norms.
In the third section, reading and math3 teachers whose students fare well compared with others in the district would be eligible for bonuses.
- Schools rated accpetable or higher are more likely to be in rich white neighborhoods, while those with
worsetest scores below the "acceptable" cut-off are more likely to be poor, black and Hispanic.
- Standardized tests are typically given in English, History, and Math, sometimes in Science, and Languages, and never in Art, Music, or Physical Education.
- Reading and Math further restricts the second item.
I think NCLB should stand for No Children Learn via Bonuses.