Should teachers get paid based on their students’ performance? When you consider how important a good teacher is to a student’s academic success, there’s something to be said for it. Of course there are various methodological problems involved, particularly in estimating just how much a student has gained over the course of a year.
That doesn’t mean the effort isn’t worth trying. The Teacher Incentive Fund of the U.S. Department of Education is one means of encouraging such efforts. The Education Innovator, a newsletter (PDF) of the department, discusses how some schools are using variations on the pay-for-performance model.