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ERIC Number: ED055989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Oct-9
Pages: 11
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Accountability of Teacher Performance Through Merit Salaries and Other Devices.
McDowell, Stirling
The document offers two definitions of accountability, a narrow one in which the teacher's salary must be based entirely upon a measurement of his teaching competence, and a broader one in which salary is related only partly to a measurement of competence. The major points for and against merit ratings are summarized, followed by a description of the requirements for a successful plan, including the prerequisite conditions of acceptance, mutual confidence, participation, and research; a validated and continuous evaluation system; and a basic scale of salaries which adequately reflects the importance of teaching. The wider acceptance of merit rating plans in the United States than in Canada is considered, as well as the probable cost of such a program, which has been estimated at an additional 18 percent of payroll. The philosophical problem raised by merit rating is due to the conflicting views of the school system as a bureaucracy or as a profession. If the teacher is to be rated by someone else, he cannot retain his professional autonomy. The Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation has developed a program of teacher accreditation by subject, based on the belief that in accepting the authority for program modification and student evaluation the teacher is also undertaking the responsibility to defend what he is doing and why he is doing it. (MBM)
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Identifiers - Location: Canada