A Teachers Salary Related to Student Performance?

26 11 2012

We have all been taught before at school and outside the classroom. The
people that do this are known as teachers. Paid workers to help educate us.
Some can say that one’s academic achievement is at the fault of the teacher
and not the student, but others believe differently. This discussion has now
turned into something much larger and now schools are considering cutting or
increasing pay based on the achievement and results of their students.
A study by Michael J. Podgursky, professor of economics at Mizzou’s College
of Arts and Science, and Matthew G. Springer, research assistant professor
of public policy and education at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College, found that the
majority of student’s results improved when teachers were given financial incentives.
In the past few years a teacher has always been paid according to their years of experience and education level, but now on top of that they could have deductions or larger pay on top of what they are earning because of the level of success in their class. It may seem like this is irrelevant to us but it is really not! For public school teachers they are paid a salary out of the government’s budget every year, which is mainly made up of our taxes. So if the students go well and the teachers get more pay then guess who will have to pay for that?
That’s right, us.
“We want to reward great teaching so the individuals who are doing it
experience the benefits of those rewards so we can model what great
teaching is to the rest of the teaching workforce,” Ms. Gillard said.

The population of working Australians is 48%, all having different jobs and
qualifications. Every person should be doing his or her job properly, and not
needing ‘extra’ payment to ensure that they do it right! $1.25 billion dollars
is proposed to be spent in bonuses for teachers to try and improve the
Australian school standard and the large gap between wealthy and poorer students.

There had been mixed results in many other overseas countries like India,
Israel and Kenya. Many people say that there should be more testing done
before this policy is even considered to be released into our schools.

By Kaitlin




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