Indiana’s “educational achievement” bonuses: teachers in rich schools get 20x more than those in poor districts


Indiana is one of many GOP-led states that assume that the poor performance of schools in poor neighborhoods is the fault of bad teaching — and not, say, systemic poverty, the absence of funds raised by rich parents, hunger, mass incarceration — and so teachers are offered bonuses for “improving” their students’ outcomes, which generally means their standardized test scores (since presumptively bad teachers can’t be trusted to evaluate their students’ qualitative improvements).

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