Trib Talk: Performance-based pay for teachers
Northwest Middle School had a problem.
Students at the Salt Lake City school consistently scored abysmally in math, science and writing and students were, on average, only reading at a fourth-grade level.
So three years ago, school administrators at this public school made a course correction. They instituted performance pay based on student test scores. Last week, Education Secretary Arne Duncan came to town to applaud the results.
On Monday at 12:15 p.m., assistant principal Rachel Nance, teacher Javier Viana and Salt Lake Tribune reporter Kristen Moulton join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to examine the Northwest model and if bonus pay is financially sustainable in a cash-strapped state with a lot of kids like Utah.
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