The most important back-to-school issue in Detroit

Friday, September 27, 2013

The primary problem facing public education is the legislated diversion of time, talent and resources to things that do not improve student learning - a reliance on silver bullet, bumper sticker market driven reform ideas instead of focused, research-based hard work and effort. Specifically:

1) Merit Pay and performance evaluation: Debated last year, debated and legislated this year, even though study after study and the Michigan Teacher Evaluation Committee commissioned by the Michigan legislature, led by University of Michigan's Dean Dr. Debra Ball, have said repeatedly this will not work to raise student achievement and has been proven to decrease student achievement.

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