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Education Lab is a project to spark meaningful conversations about education solutions in the Pacific Northwest.

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November 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Teacher bonuses: A smart way to boost low test scores?

Mark Weber / Op Art

Mark Weber / Op Art

What would happen if teachers with a track record of raising test scores transferred into low-performing schools, enticed by a $20,000 bonus?

In middle school, not much, according to a new study by Mathematica Policy Research.  In elementary schools, however, the study found the transferring teachers raised test scores more than a control group.

The study, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, was conducted in 10 school districts in seven different states. The districts offered the bonuses to teachers who ranked in the top 20 percent in their districts in raising student test scores, and 81 teachers participated. To get the bonus, they had to agree to stay at the low-scoring school for at least two years.


Comments | More in News | Topics: bonuses, student performance, teacher incentives

November 8, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Your voices: Readers consider alternatives in measuring student performance

Credit: Boo Davis

Credit: Boo Davis

We received several thoughtful responses to this week’s question: What’s the best way to measure student performance?

Peter Henry of Edmonds referred to his own experience as a math instructor. Part of his response: “Assessment is a natural part of teaching and learning, and it functions best as an integral part of the classroom. Every time I give an assignment and read or listen to student responses, that is an example of assessment, and I modify my practices accordingly.”


Comments | More in Your voices | Topics: assessment, student performance, test scores

November 4, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Question of the Week: What’s the best way to measure student achievement?

Education Lab is a blog for teachers, parents, students and community members to talk about how our schools can better serve the region’s students. Each week, we will provide a question to get the conversation going. This week’s prompt asks a basic question about how we evaluate success in education.

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Comments | More in Opinion, Question of the Week, Your voices | Topics: question of the week, student performance, test scores