Oregon schools experiment with tying teacher pay to student test scores
In the past few months, six Oregon school districts have quietly paid $2.75 million in bonuses to teachers and principals who excelled on the job and boosted student test scores, a controversial practice that is increasingly being tried around the country.
Which Oregon educators got a bonus was decided by two factors: how high their bosses rated them on a new, more detailed yearly evaluation and how far the school as a whole boosted students’ reading and math scores.
Top-rated teachers and principals at schools with big achievement gains got checks as large as $4,200. The average hovered around $2,000.