Collaborative or competitive? Performance pay contributed to success at Northwest Middle School

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  • JMHO Southern, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    This not new or out of the box. Everything (except the money) has been done in schools before. However, we have transformed schools into test factories. Johnny learns to mark "A" on a test, then see if Johnny can mark an "A." This performance pay system is eerily similar to what Career Ladder was at its inception. Nothing new here, just money and freedom.

  • Sandy Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 8:18 p.m.

    This is great news! Congratulations Northwest, for exploring and creating solutions that are win/win and out of the box! Keep up the great work.

  • Homer1 MIDVALE, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 8:02 p.m.

    So, we see educational success and we see results . . . how did this happen is now the big question. The usual political reactions come like "firing teachers" and the use of data to help students learn how to do well on standardized test. But the real key here is that supportive, hard-working and dedicated educators were able to do their jobs with all the support and resources they needed to get the job done. Our republican legislature works to gradually defund our education system and then brag about how we can do so much with so little. But, in the end you get worn out, underpaid and under-supported teachers that just can't hang on forever. Wake up--if you want the job done, you pay for it. And the work that teachers do at these highly-impacted "at-risk" schools is not the same work that teachers do at other more privileged schools. Paying them extra for the work they do is not a "bonus". It's for the work they do. They should be paid more. So, now where does this money and support come from??? I'm looking at you Legislature.