Diane Ravitch is an education policy analyst and historian at New York University. In addition, she served in the Clinton and G. W. Bush administrations. Her bestselling book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, addresses issues with high-stakes testing and quantifying teacher quality. Here, she addresses the audience of the 2014 Emerging Issues Forum: Teachers and the Great Economic Debate in Raleigh, NC.
Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g0KDYvUmtY&list=PL7_JAXDeVTvI25eVqvUvIQ2309Y_uWfRK North Carolina Representatives Rick Glazier, Bryan Holloway, and Craig Horn, and Senators Angela Bryant and Jerry Tillman discuss education policy later the same day at the Forum.
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Here is a sample letter:
I teach/taught at _______ for ___ years. I currently reside in _________. I left teaching/am considering leaving teaching because I was fed up with the overemphasis of standardized tests. I saw how _____________. Now, it seems that I do not just need to stand up for students against the overemphasis of standardized tests, but for teachers also. Teachers should not be paid based on students’ performances on standardized tests. While pay for performance may work in low-skill jobs, Daniel Pink’s research shows that pay for performance does not work in jobs that require high level thinking. In my opinion, being paid based on student test scores would increase competition amongst teachers, which would interfere with collaboration. I understand that the NC Legislature wants to change the teacher pay scale from seniority to merit. However, I do not know of a fair way to do this. Until a fair way is negotiated, I ask that you increase the base pay for all teachers in NC.Sincerely,______________