This week's author is Thomas Toch, the executive director of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington.
His take? Earlier stabs at merit pay didn't really work. One reason: the higher pay was not all that much higher, and two, decisions were made by somewhat arbitrarily by school principals. (Still a very bad idea in my estimation. Too political. Too ripe for abuse.) He adds that basing higher pay on narrow standardized test scores is a poor plan indeed if we want to turn out kids who can think and problem solve.
What does work? Teachers who were polled would forgo a pay raise to work in a building where the administration supported them.
Yeah. I'm for that.
These two Myth columns taken together provide a pretty good overview of the issues in education reform for an uninitiated public.