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Bend Teachers Oppose Test-Based Bonuses


The teacher’s union in the Bend-La Pine school district is opposing a proposal that would give bonuses to educators based on students’ test scores.

The Bulletin reports that the school district proposal is for nine schools that are ineligible to receive bonuses through the federal Teacher Incentive Fund grant program, which 18 schools in the district do qualify.

Among other reasons, district officials say the proposal is also intended to address the perceived unfairness that the educators at those schools are unable to receive financial bonuses, unlike their peers in other schools.

The district wants a value-added academic measure which is intended to predict how every tested student should perform on state reading and math tests, taking into account student characteristics like demographics, mobility and socioeconomic status.

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