Florida teachers can get bonuses for tests scores — but their own old ones, not students’

Jul 5, 2015 by

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The Legislature has set aside more than $44 million to give teachers a pay bump based in part on their own SAT and ACT scores, but the gesture has drawn mixed reviews.

After 30 years in the classroom, Angela Gonzalez doesn’t even remember whether she took the SAT or ACT to get into college.

The understandable lapse in memory may cost the South Pointe Elementary teacher a bonus.

Florida has set aside more than $44 million to give teachers a pay bump based in part on their own college entrance exams — never mind that most teachers took the test years ago, and the testing companies themselves say they haven’t studied whether high college-entrance exam scores correlate to better classroom teachers.

Though many applaud any attempt to boost teacher pay, the measure has raised eyebrows.

“Just think about it: We’re going to give a bonus to a physical education teacher based on his SAT math scores a decade ago,” said Robert Schaeffer, public education director for FairTest. “People are fed up with Tallahassee’s fixation on linking test scores to everything in education, even when there’s absolutely no evidence for it.”

Source: Florida teachers can get bonuses for tests scores — but their own old ones, not students’ | Miami Herald Miami Herald

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