Lead between the lines– evaluate Ed policies to emphasize the positives and minimize the negatives Although educational reform is intended for positive change, sometimes it misses the mark. However, when school leaders capitalize on the positive aspects of reforms they can strategize to ensure the best outcomes for students. Christopher Tienken, professor and international speaker, shares his insights on how to identify both positive and negative aspects of education reform to maximize the benefits for students. This book introduces a practical framework for interpreting educational reform within an evidence-based practice, and provides thoughtful ways to finesse results out of challenging policies. Designed for use on the ground level, this book features: • Seven specific creative compliance strategies to maximize student and educator success • Case studies that illustrate how to critique reforms and take action • Reflective questions to guide evaluation and application • Ethical decision-making checklist Analyzing both successful and unsuccessful reform ideas from the past, this book champions creative compliance and how to lead innovatively/judiciously.

Case Study 3 : Merit Pay

Case Study 3

The case provides an example critique of merit pay in education settings and presents creative compliance examples for educators who must implement merit pay. Pay for performance systems, or merit pay as it is often called, based on results from students’ state mandated standardized tests, is a policy idea that continues to gain traction in the halls of the U.S. Congress and state legislatures. Defined in the literature as an “individual-based annual bonus,” merit pay is often operationalized in education as a one-time event that does not increase the regular salary of the recipient (Park & Sturman, 2012).

Since 2002, an increasing number of states included student standardized test results as part of the teacher evaluation rating ...

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