Education reform in Seattle public schools
This article talks about a controversial proposal by the Seattle school district to tie teacher-performance evaluations to student performance. Seattle's school district will also start releasing "school-specific" report cards for parents and the community -- which will of course serve to increase competition between schools.
According to this article, the following states have already begun to tie teacher-performance evaluations and compensation to student academic growth: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and the District of Columbia.
In my opinion, using student performance to evaluate and 'motivate' teachers is a slippery slope. It works in theory to create an inventive for teachers to succeed, but how can you punish a teacher for having a student who doesn't want to learn? Or worse, who can't succeed because of a language barrier or learning disability?
Basing teacher compensation on student performance is the first step down a slippery slope of salary biases in favor of schools of greater affluence, where the students are more prepared to succeed.