Next to family, a teacher is the most important factor in the education of a child and can mitigate even the worst disadvantages. Efforts to ensure that teachers are paid, rewarded, evaluated and treated professionally are numerous and varied.
Performance pay, or merit-based pay, rewards teachers based on their performance in the classroom and not just on seniority, which is currently the norm. True merit pay is not a system of bonuses, but rather a method of linking educators’ pay directly to student performance. These policies are designed to increase individual accountability by linking compensation and job security directly to operational and academic outcomes.