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The pay for performance debate continues in some areas
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2010 16:17 PM

Education reform has been a headline maker in recent months, as the government has been stepping in to ensure that students are receiving the highest academic quality possible. Education reform could be one way to guarantee that pupils are prepared for whatever their academic and career futures have in store.

As a result of this pressure, many school districts have enacted a pay-for-performance initiative, which gives bonuses to teachers whose students show significant progress in standardized test scores. However, some teachers and other academic administrators believe that this is the wrong way to go about judging teachers, according to the Dallas Morning News.

"There are just so many factors that go into looking at a teacher," Linda Bass, Frisco, Texas, independent school district assistant superintendent of human resources, told the news provider. "If you go into a classroom, you can tell when students are actively participating and there's an excitement in the air. You don't have to have test results to see that."

The news provider reports that this year, the Texas Education Agency received $53.5 million in federal dollars to go toward bonuses for teachers who helped boost their students' scores.